Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood (John 6:52-59)
“How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” The Jews in today’s Gospel took Jesus’ words literally, and could not understand them. Human minds cannot understand God and fathom the enormous wisdom of God, but our hearts can. As human beings, the best disposition is to humble ourselves and let go of our weak arguments before God, but simply ask God to help us move from our heads to our hearts in order to let Jesus make things understandable for us.
We can only truly understand Jesus as the Bread of Life to give His flesh for us to eat when we truly believe in what He did on the cross. His crucifixion is the ultimate act of His love for us. He gave His Flesh and Blood as an offering for sins.
His crucifixion tells us that our real life is in God, and that without God we cannot live at all. We thank Jesus for the gift of life, even with all its ups and downs. The “ups” and the “downs” in our life are true and real, yet they are nothing compared to what our Lord Jesus Christ has done on the cross for us to have life and the assurance of eternal life.
We thank God for the Holy sacrifice of the Mass that we celebrate regularly for it is Christ’s redeeming love – giving us His Flesh and Blood. As Jesus said: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him.”