Gospel: Jn 6:51-58
I am the living bread from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever. The bread I shall give is my flesh, and I will give it for the life of the world.”
The Jews were arguing among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus replied, “Truly, I say to you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
“My flesh is really food, and my blood is truly drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood, live in me, and I in them. Just as the Father, who is life, sent me, and I have life from the Father, so whoever eats me will have life from me. This is the bread from heaven; not like that of your ancestors, who ate and later died. Those who eat this bread will live forever.”
Read: The first reading recalls how God led the Israelites through the desert and provided for their needs. Paul invites us to link our eucharistic fellowship with the memory of Christ. Jesus speaks of his body and blood as the food for the world.
Reflect: The first reading begins with the imperative, “Remember!” Without remembrance, our life is a mere collection of fragments of events that have no connectedness, significance, or relevance. Spiritual Alzheimer’s makes our hearts grow cold and proud. In remembrance, we re-member people and events into our lives and heart finds gratitude, love, and mercy. A good place to keep memory of God’s self-gift and interventions is the Eucharist. How “memory-filled” is our Eucharistic celebration?
Pray: Pray for a heart that remembers the goodness of the Lord.
Act: Recall an event of God’s intervention in your life and make an act of thanksgiving.