Receiving Him

May 5, 2017
Friday of the Third Week of Easter
The Gospel Today
John 6:52-59

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his Flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my Flesh is true food,
and my Blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

REFLECTION (Sem. Carmelo V. Pocdol)

My devotion to the Holy Eucharist stems from my faith in Jesus Christ as my spiritual food and sustenance.

During the preparation of our first Holy Communion when I was in Grade 4, I listened and asked questions to our catechist who reinforced what my mother have told me about the real presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. He invited all of us to eat His body and for our soul. Just as our body needs healthy food for us to grow, our spirit also needs food given by Jesus for our spirit to be saved. That was my first idea of why I should take Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. I appreciated and understood why I have to receive my first Holy Communion.

From then on, every time I hear Mass with my mother and sisters or with my grandmother, I always receive Jesus wholeheartedly and pray to Him that He will be with me as I am in Him. My desire to receive Him in the Holy Eucharist was strengthened when my mother asked me to join the altar servers. I joined the group and participated actively by serving more than two Masses every Sunday and every Wednesday. Since I wanted to receive the Holy Communion as frequent as I could, it might be good as well to serve during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. I remained as an altar server for more than twenty-three years, because of the same desire or devotion to the Holy Eucharist.

In the seminary formation, the daily celebration of the Holy Eucharist is again an affirmation of Jesus’ desire for me to with Him as He loves me so much and offered His own life for my salvation. In response to that, I always say, “My heart rejoices, every time I receive Him in the Holy Eucharist.”

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