Today's first reading is the fascinating story of the deacon Philip and his encounter with an Ethiopian eunuch. Read about how the Holy Spirit began and ended this encounter.
We're back in the Bread of Life discourse from John 6 for our Gospel reading. Jesus says, "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."
From the very beginning, the Church has believed that the Eucharistic bread is the Flesh of Jesus. Consider these words of St. Ignatius of Antioch, who was a disciple of St. John the Apostle. "Take note of those who hold heterodox opinions on the grace of Jesus Christ which has come to us, and see how contrary their opinions are to the mind of God. They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer, because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the Flesh of our savior Jesus Christ...They who deny the gift of God are perishing in their disputes." St. Ignatius of Antioch's Letter to the Smyrnaeans, ca. A.D. 110
Father, give us the faith to see the Flesh of Christ Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, and to proclaim that truth to the world. Amen.
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