It is difficult for us when reading from this Gospel to question Jesus teaching. His words are clear and he repeats them often to make sure that His message is understood. Believe in Me : Eat and Live Forever. Yet many of his followers could not accept his words and rejected His teachings. The disciples that remained with Jesus were confused by His words until after His resurrection when it finally all made sense. There are many Christians today who are unable to accept the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
For those of us who accept and adore Jesus in the Eucharist, we are greatly blessed by our divine communal meal. For as Jesus said “Those who eat my flesh, and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.” Through the Eucharist we become united with Jesus, and He with us. If each of us is united with Jesus, we naturally become united with all believers. We are the Body of Christ!
If we eat an apple or some other nutritious food we don’t feel an immediate change in our bodies, and so it is when we eat of the body and blood of Christ. Jesus is our spiritual food, he nourishes and sustains us bringing us ever closer to Him. You may not feel a physical difference but you can be sure that Jesus Christ is Spiritual Super Food!
Challenge of the Week
If you are old enough to receive the Eucharist, be sure to go to Mass as often as you can in order to feed your soul with the spiritual nourishment of Jesus.
If you have not yet had your First Communion you can prepare your heart for Jesus by paying close attention to the part of the Mass where the bread and wine are consecrated. Pray often and trust in the Lord.
Be like St. Peter who announced, even when he was confused about Jesus’ teachings, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:68-69
John Chapter 6 is a powerful reading. Read it and Believe!
“I am the living bread
that came down from heaven.
Whoever eats of this bread
will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
for the life of the world is my flesh.”