Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Third Week of Easter (23rd April, 2021) on the Gospel
Ps 116. (R. Mk 16:15);
Topic: The Hard Truth.
While speaking to the Jews in yesterday’s gospel Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh” (Jn 6:51). In today’s gospel, His audience disputed, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Jesus emphatically responded,
Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.
He also warned against not abiding in Him,
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned (Jn 15:4, 6).
It is evident how grievous the consequence of not eating the body and drinking the blood of Christ is. Nevertheless, those who eat and drink in an unworthy manner are guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord, cf. 1Cor 11:27. We are all therefore called to participate in the blood and body of Christ by eating and drinking His body and blood, cf. 1Cor 10:16. However, this must be done worthily.
Bible Reading: 1Cor 10:16; Jn 15:1-15.
Thought for today: Eat and drink worthily to live.
Let us pray: Eucharistic Lord, help us not just to eat your body and drink your blood but more importantly to do so worthily – Amen.
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