FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Third Friday of Easter Time
May 10, 2019
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.” (John 6: 52-57)
How shall I live this Word?
For the Jews the word of Jesus is an absurdity. It is impossible to make them cannibals and eat the flesh of a man, much less drink his blood. Even today the Jews do not eat blood, because blood is life and life belongs to God. Therefore the language of Jesus is unacceptable and in their debates they highlight what is absurd for them. For Christians, on the other hand, the revelation of Jesus is wonderful and clear. It recalls what happened in the Cenacle. Jesus continues to tell them: “Take and eat: this is my Body … Take it and drink: this is my Blood”. Eating Jesus ‘bread’ means to possess eternal life right now. The Eucharistic gift is the most beautiful gift that Jesus has given us. It makes us enter into the most intimate communion with Him and with the Father: it makes us live His life and teaches us to give ours.
Risen Lord, always give us the Grace to eat and drink of You!
The Voice of Enzo Bianchi, Contemporary spiritual author and Guide
In our poor flesh, in this “body of misery” (Phil 3:21) that we are, it is precisely there that we meet God, because in Jesus “dwells physically all the fullness of divinity” (Col 2: 9). Chewing flesh and drinking blood are the condition in which Jesus gives Himself to us, in Whom God gives Himself to us, reaching us where we are and not asking us to ascend to His divine condition, an action impossible for us and only the fruit of a sick religious pride. Entering us, the flesh and blood of Christ transform us by participation, into the flesh and blood of Christ, producing what is impossible for us: to become children in the Son, the Only-begotten, beloved by the Lover, the Father, with infinite love, the Holy Spirit.
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Comment by Sr. Monica Gianoli, FMA