Reflections taken from Daily Mass Readings of the Catholic Church, New Zealand. The approach taken is that of Scripture Journaling or lectio divina (“Divine Reading”).
The Stumbling Follower has had no theological training and so his musings are just as the title suggests - Ramblings.
He hopes his love for the Lord Jesus will encourage and edify.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Eat My Flesh, Drink My Blood
Third Week of Easter
As I, who am sent by the living Father, myself draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will draw life from me.
The crowd has chased after Jesus following the miracle of the feeding of the five-thousand. Jesus confronts their misunderstanding of who He is and why he had come by explaining it is His flesh that must be desired to be eaten, not just bread. Even as people start grumbling about this and start drifting away, Jesus doesn't water down what He is saying. In fact He emphasises it; ‘I tell you most solemnly, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have life in you." Jn.6:53
This is the great establishment of the Holy Eucharist which Jesus then performs at the Last Supper.
I want the life of Jesus in me. Holy Eucharist offers me that, not because of any teaching of man, but because Jesus Himself said it will. I will approach the Eucharist with a new sense of awe as to who and what it is I am receiving.
Lord Jesus, thank you for the gift of your flesh and your blood that promises me eternal life! Jesus in the Eucharist, I trust in You.