Thought of the week
“Whoever eats me will draw life from me.” …
It is easy to draw a direct parallel between the flesh and blood Jesus speaks of in today’s Gospel and his sacramental Body and Blood received in Holy Communion. Jesus insists, that unlike the manna in the desert, “This is the bread come down from heaven, not like our ancestors ate: they are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will live forever.”
God offers us real nourishment and life. Just as Jesus draws life from the Father, so too can we draw life from him, if we allow ourselves to truly feed on him. And that life will endure eternally.
It is the importance of his body being real food, and his blood real drink that is developed by the Catholic tradition which puts an emphasis on regular (even daily) reception of Holy Communion. Food and drink are essential for human life, and similarly the food and drink of the Eucharist sustain the life of Christ in us: “whoever eats me will draw life from me.”
Bishop Philip encourages us to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We can do this only by speaking to him on a regular basis, through prayer, through spending time with him in adoration, acknowledging him in our weakness, our lack of wisdom and insight. We are blessed with ample opportunities in our local churches to participate in Eucharistic Adoration. Why not come and spend time with Jesus, listening to him. Come and draw courage, strength and wisdom for everything, we undertake.
Jesus, you are “the bread which comes down from heaven that a man may eat of it and not die”. Teach me to ‘draw life’ from you so that I live in you and you live in me.