Thursday, April 14, 2016
Friday, 3rd Week of Easter
15 April 2016
Friday, 3rd Week of Easter
Acts 9:1 – 20 / Jn 6:52 – 59
From the 1st Reading: Acts 9:3 – 6
As Paul traveled along and was approaching Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?" And he asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The voice replied, "I am Jesus whom you persecute. Now get up and go into the city: there you will be told what to do."
From the Gospel Reading: Jn 6: 52 - 58
The Jews were arguing among themselves, "How can this man give us flesh to eat?" So Jesus replied, "Truly, I say to you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood live with eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day.
"My flesh is really food and my blood is drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood, live in me and I in them. Just as the Father, who is life, sent me and I have life from the Father, so whoever eats me will have life from me. This is the bread which came from heaven; unlike that of your ancestors, who ate and later died. Those who eat this bread will live forever."
There is a saying, "You are what you eat." This is indeed true for the Christian who partakes of the Holy Eucharist. The language of Jesus in today's Gospel reading may sound even cannibalistic.
The Jews found his words offensive and said, "What is this man saying? How can we eat his flesh and drink his blood?"
Jesus was saying that unless we eat his flesh and drink his blood, which also means to say Amen to his way of life, his teachings and mission, we cannot partake of the life of God which the Father wants to give to us. To eat the body and drink the blood of Christ is also to agree to be like Jesus in our actions, to become a new man molded in the image of Jesus.
In our faith, we believe that bread and wine are truly transformed into the body and blood of Jesus at Mass. So when we receive the Eucharist, we do receive the body and blood of the Lord. Do we truly want to become more like the Jesus we receive? Or do we just go to Mass to fulfill an obligation? Here we are talking of spiritual things, and only a man of the Spirit can understand these divine mysteries.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Baby Eden J. Bobadilla
Sr. Ma. Eulalia G. Banawis, RVM
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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