Sunday of Ordinary time, we again learn of the great gift of the Holy Eucharist in John 6: 41-51.
In today’s Gospel, we hear of the reaction of the Jewish people toward Our Lord’s revelation that He Himself is the living Bread that came down from heaven and that He gives eternal life.
Sadly, they do not believe Him. They are thinking in an earthly manner, clinging to physical bread only. They grumble and murmur among themselves saying, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? Do we not know his father and mother? Then how can he say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”
So Our Lord rebukes the Jews because of their hardness of heart, and He reminds them
|"No one can come to Me|
unless the Father draw him."
My brothers and sisters, these words of Our Lord Jesus Christ in today’s Gospel passage were not just given to the Jewish people over 2000 years ago; these words are also being said to each one of us today.
Jesus is the living bread that came down from heaven, and the bread that we receive at Mass is “[His] flesh for the life of the world!" (John 6:51)
There are many Catholics in the world today. But how many Catholics are drawn to our Church by the Father? In other words, how many come to Mass with the right intentions?
In fact, statistics tell us that only 30% of today's Catholics believe in the Real Presence. A mere 30% of Catholics today believe that the sacrament of Holy Communion is actually Jesus, the Son of God. Many think, "Oh, sure, it's a symbol of God." But, no! The bread that we receive in Holy Communion is the real thing! Christ instituted the sacrament of Holy Communion in order to remain with us until the end of time (Jn 14:18). He intended us to believe in Him, and, in believing, we are to eat His Body and drink His Blood so that we can have life eternal! If we do not believe, we are not fulfilling His plan. Furthermore, the deeper our trust in the True Presence of Our Lord, the more surely and effectively we will be sanctified in receiving Him!
My brothers and sisters, to eat the flesh of Jesus means that we strive to have Jesus in the center of our lives. Just as the food we eat becomes part of us when it enters our
We come to Mass because the Father has drawn us. We come because we want to receive Our Lord worthily so that we can grow in sanctity and holiness. If we do not want to strive to leave our sins behind and grow in sanctity, than we are not ready to receive Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. Our Lord has said, “Many are called, but few are chosen.” He has also said, “Strive to enter the narrow gate…”