Good News Inspiration for Daily Life
Description: Jesus says in John 6:41-51, “Whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life.” Why does he call the Eucharist “the bread of life”? How does it give us life? This reflection for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time explains what happens during the sacrifice of the altar at Catholic Mass and shows what the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist really is.
Holy communion comes to us from Christ’s Last Supper, through generation after generation of the apostolic priesthood, which began with the very first Apostles. Everyone who attends the liturgy of this communion should truly celebrate the Eucharistic presence of Jesus, even those who still have work to do to remove the obstacles that keep them from receiving the Eucharist bodily.
Christ is as fully present and as truly real here as he was when he sat among the Apostles and said, “This is my Body, this is my Blood.” Thus anyone who adores and honors Jesus in the Eucharist, believing that he is their Savior, is feasting on the source of their eternal life.
Ideas for use: Bulletin insert for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time, classes on the Eucharist, SCCs, adult and youth faith formation, RCIA, etc.
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