MY daily reflection and prayer:
Friday, April 24, 2015: The Third Week of Easter
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to John 6:52-59
The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
During these days we read and meditate Jesus’ word which claims himself as our spiritual food and drink. Today he also says clearly, “For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.”
Even he says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
We can compare what St. John proclaims in his gospel to what St. Matthew proclaims. The Gospel of St. John has no account of the Last Supper meal. Instead, St. John quotes extensively from Jesus’ teaching on the bread of life.
According to St. Matthew, in the last supper Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it; and he gave to the disciples saying: Take, eat; this is my body. He also blessed the cup of wine, he gave it to his disciples saying: Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins (cfr. Matthew 26:26-28).
In the Celebration of the Eucharist we do what Jesus Christ commands us to eat his flesh and drink his blood. In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we worship him as he invites us to take his life into the very center of our being.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you sustain and heal us with your very own presence and life-giving word. You are the bread of life, the heavenly food that sustains us now and that produces everlasting life within us. May we always hunger for you and be satisfied in you alone by celebrating the Eucharist and worshiping you in Perpetual Adoration now and forever. Amen.
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