So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55 for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”
John 6:53-58 (NRSVCE)
"Speak Lord, your servant is listening."
How many times do you remember saying as a child "Mom, I'm starving. When's supper? What's for supper?" And eventually we were surprised, delighted, satiated in our bodily needs...
Do we remember the last time we said, "Dear God, I'm hungry for You"? It can often be hard to tell God how spiritually hungry we are for his presence in us, for communion with him, for his abiding love at work in us.
On this the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, we are reminded of the real reasons we respond to the invitation to go to Mass where we are re-membered with Christ, our Heavenly King: we know just how close we get to be in a relationship of absolute love, just how nourished we are by:
1. His Word which transforms us
2. His Charity which reaps the fruit of God's word living in us
3, His Presence in the Eucharist we share where we sense His Divine love
Fortified by this special communion, we know what we must do: be the love that God has gifted us in our own uniqueness because it is that very uniqueness which presents God's love to others as He intended.
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