In my Bible & Brew Scope yesterday I promised my visitors a second scope because I did not have enough time to go into the #HomilyHighlights from Mass. Unfortunately life invaded and I did not have the opportunity. In hindsight however, I am glad I did not share those #HomilyHighlights because they coincide even better in today's Gospel from John.
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The Bread of Life Discourse Continues...
John writes in today's Gospel about a "quarrel" between a group of Jews who were puzzled regarding one of Jesus' core messages. The Jew's did not understand how Jesus, the Son of God, could give them His flesh to eat. Jesus says to them,
Amen, amen, I say to you, 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. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.We did not come to understand what Jesus was trying to say until after his death. Jesus is sort of mysterious in this way. Although, no one could have completely comprehended what Jesus meant when he talked about people consuming his flesh and blood. Was Jesus promoting cannibalism? Of course not. Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist at the Last Supper--the night before he died. The Catholic understanding of the Eucharist can be difficult because one has to entrust to faith that this host, which appears to be bread, becomes the body of Christ during the Transubstantiation at Mass.