Not a Symbol

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Today’s Gospel reading is John 6:51-58. While much of the Bread of Life discourse up to now has sounded somewhat metaphoric, Jesus gets to the meat of the matter today. (Pun intended.)

“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…the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.” Pretty graphic language, eh? Even though people were repulsed by this, Jesus pressed on. Why? Because He knew exactly what He was talking about – the Eucharist.

Here we are nearly 2000 years later, and you and I have the opportunity to feed on Jesus. Not in some metaphoric or symbolic way. To truly eat His Flesh and drink His Blood. As Catholics, we believe that Jesus meant what He said, and said what He meant.

Father, we thank you for giving us the privilege of feeding on Jesus. Help us to be ever grateful for and mindful of the Eucharist. Amen.

Today's Readings

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