Gospel Reading and Thoughts for August 9, 2015

 

Gospel – John 6:41-51

The Jews murmured about Jesus because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven, ” and they said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? Do we not know his father and mother? Then how can he say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Stop murmuring among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. It is written in the prophets: They shall all be taught by God. Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”liturgy of the eucharist

This gospel reading may be hard for us to understand but this is what makes our Catholic faith so special. Our Lord and Savior is giving us his own flesh and blood to consume. He is setting everyone up for the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper. He is giving us the meaning behind his Body and Blood. And we get to experience that Last Supper with Christ at every mass. The curtains of time are drawn away and if we close our eyes, we can imagine ourselves to be around that table listening to the words Christ speaks, offering us eternal life through him. Too often, we may be distracted by wiggly kids, failing sound systems, itchy clothes, so this Sunday , let us imagine us at the table of the Last Supper knowing that the bread and wine becoming Body and Blood is our way to Eternal life.

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