14 Jun 2020. Corpus Christi Sunday, Cycle A-2020. Dt 8:2-3, 14b-16a + 1Cor 10:16-17 + Jn 6:51-58
Jesus said, “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 (Jn 6:51).
Allegory or reality? The disciples argued among themselves what Jesus could have meant. An invitation to cannibalism is just nauseating!
Rather than alter his statement Jesus detailed it. “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. 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. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him” (Jn 6:53-56).
That was it! They are leaving a cannibalistic cult. Many of those who heard Him would rather die hungry and thirsty than eat human flesh and drink human blood.
“Come back! I meant to say, ‘The bread is LIKE my body, and the wine is LIKE my blood!” Jesus could have yelled behind those leaving. Instead, He taunted them, saying, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?” He was telling them that He was the Almighty Son of God. He who had the power to raise the dead to life, had as much power to give life in any manner He willed.
He dared the undecided, “Believe it or not! Do you also want to leave?”
My response is, ‘You are the TRUTH; I do believe whatever You say! You are the LIFE; I do however Your way to live! You are ALMIGHTY; I believe you can do anything You want! VSS
Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ brings us to Holy Communion with Christ and to one another. “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because the loaf of bread is one, we though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf” (1Cor 8:16-17).
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