FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 23, 2021
EASTER FRIDAY 3
WORD of the DAY
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his Flesh to eat?” Jesus said 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.” These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. (John 6: 52-59)
How shall I live this Word?
Hard words, those of Jesus, difficult to understand, starting from the fact that in this ‘discourse on the bread of life’ two areas apparently so distant from each other are associated, the will of God and an ordinary action such as that of eating. Perhaps today, accustomed to the abundance of food and consumerism, we do not live the act of eating in all its depth with its rituals, the waiting that increases our appetite, the conviviality … Jesus came to tell us that our primordial needs are not disconnected from our belonging to God, which in the act of nourishing ourselves we can see reflected the deepest identity that belongs to us as His creatures. We are made of earth, but an earth turned to heaven, which cannot live if not irrigated and fertilized by love with a capital ‘L’.
Today take time for recollection and prayer before participating in the Holy Eucharist, so as not to arrive at Mass with a dissipated heart already ‘sated’ with food.
The Voice of Pope Francis
The existence of each of us is linked to that of the others; life is not time that passes, but a time of encounter.
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