Homily (Reflection) for Thursday of the Third Week of Easter (14th April, 2016) on the Gospel

Acts 8:26-40;
Ps 65:8-9.16-17.20. (R. v.1);
Jn 6:44-51.

Topic: The Bread of life.

Today’s gospel is still the continuation of the discussion between Jesus and the Jews, who found Him at the other side of the sea, cf. Jn 6:22ff. In today’s gospel, Jesus pointed out that faith is a gift of the Father: “No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me ....” However, a faithless fellow is culpable. Just like other gifts, one can either put it into use to blossom or it will dry up, Matt 25:14-30.  

Jesus also pronounced in today’s gospel: “I am the bread of life.” People still find this pronouncement today as hard as it was when it was first made. He went on to explain, “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.”

Some do think that Jesus did not talk actually about His body. But in the gospels we read, “Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body” (Matt 26:26; cf. Mk 14:22; Lk 22:19).

Jesus actually gave us His flesh to eat. The questions are: ‘Do we believe that Jesus is the bread of life that came down from heaven?’ and ‘How often and worthily do we eat this bread?’

Bible Reading: 1Cor 11:23-26.

Thought for today: Jesus is the bread of life.

Let us pray: Lord, help us to understand the gift of yourself in the Holy Eucharist – Amen.

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