Gospel Reading and Thoughts for June 22, 2014

communion6Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

John 6:51-58

Jesus said to the Jewish crowds: “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.” 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.”


I love going to Communion.  It is probably my favorite part of mass.  Knowing that I am taking the body and blood of my Lord into myself is an amazing and uplifting feeling.  Thinking about how our earthly meals  give us physical sustenance, allowing our body to repair itself and fight against pathogens that we may encounter in our daily lives, I see a beautiful parallel with taking in the Body and Blood of Christ.  When we take Him into ourselves, He can replace the parts of us that are broken and damaged.  He can  repair broken hearts and restore hope to our lives.  He can give us the ability to resist the temptation of sin in all its forms.  While nutritious earthly food can give us health and long life, His food and drink, Christ’s own body, can give us heavenly and eternal life with Him.

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