Gospel: John 6:51-58
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 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. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 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.”
Today’s gospel is from John 6:51-58 which reminds us of the celebration of the Corpus Christi. The Body and Blood of Christ which we take every time we have Holy Communion. How important is it to receive the Body and Blood of Christ?
In John 6:51-58, Jesus tells us of the divine banquet. When we receive the Holy Eucharist through the Holy Communion, we are being chosen. The Eucharist symbolizes the bread and wine offered by Jesus so that we are always reminded of Him.
The Holy Eucharist deepens our relationship with Jesus by becoming more like Him. It means we have to become pure and holy in ways we understand. The gospel from John 6:51-58 is a manifestation of God’s greatest love for mankind. God gives Himself to us as we try to shape our lives into a blessing for others.
John 6:51-58 reflects the big love of God for His people that even with all the sins we have, still He gave us His son. The Holy Eucharist is the most important part of the Holy Mass.
Did you know that when we try to attend the Holy Mass, we should prepare ourselves first and be ready for God? It means we should not be late in the mass. We should make sure we can witness the whole celebration of the mass to receive the Holy Eucharist.
I have seen other people enter the church in the middle of the Holy Mass already. Sometimes these people don’t bother to hear the homily. We have to see to it that we are there from the very beginning to the end of the mass to witness it. Then we all must try to open our hearts for the Holy Communion.
Nowadays, it is very hard to stand up to our faith because of so many hindrances. Yet, as a Catholic we are bound by the Holy Blood and Body of Christ because it is what keeps us alive even in our weakest. – Clea | Helpline PH