Amen, amen I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood with have eternal life, and I will raise that person 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 [them].
This is the bread that came down from heaven . . .
. . . whoever eats this bread will live forever.
– John 6: 47-59
When we receive the Blessed Sacrament we take on Christ – Body and Blood –as Jesus initiated at the Last Supper – in the presence of his friends, the Apostles.
John tells us that Jesus’ flesh is true food and his blood true drink. If we eat His flesh and drink His blood - Jesus will be in us and - we in him - for he is food for life eternal. We do this in memory of Jesus, as he directed us to do at that table, so many years ago, at each and every Mass.
As we take Christ within us – we also take Christ upon us. We become Christ to the world through our actions and our speech. Partaking of the Eucharist is partaking in a great responsibility: - continuing Jesus’ work here on earth. Fulfilling the two great commandments - Loving God and loving all our brothers and sisters: spreading the Good News of salvation to the world
We are called as Jesus’ disciples to continue to speak His words of Life and Truth – spreading the Good News to everyone we meet.
Jesus is the Bread of Life that leads us to a new life – a Life Eternal with God in heaven. We disciples, live in joyful hope that through the Passion of our Lord – his death and rising to new life – we too will rise – to share in that joyful life eternal.
In Luke’s Gospel we witness the Lord’s sacrifice for our sins and his conquering death – that brings us to life everlasting. Luke begins the story with the Last Supper - when Jesus gives us the Eucharist – His Body and Blood - on which to feed – It is real food and real drink - that feeds us on our journey to God’s promise of Life Eternal in heaven.
We find the Holy Spirit working in many ways in our lives; bringing us ever closer to God’s promise of his the heavenly kingdom. A few years ago I came across this Eucharistic story – a story of life, and hope - a story of our life in Christ Jesus.
A Native American Story
An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life.
He said to them, "A fight is going on inside me...it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, ego, sorrow, guilt, regret, self-pity, doubt, greed, arrogance, lies, false pride, superiority, and resentment.
The other wolf stands for joy, peace, serenity, faith, hope, sharing, kindness, empathy, friendship, generosity, truth, humility, compassion and love.
This same fight is going on inside all of us; inside every person."
The children thought about this for a while and then one child asked, “Grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
The old Cherokee simply replied . . .
"The one you feed."
Deacon Don Ron