First Reading: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a
Psalm Response: Psalm 147: 12-13, 14-15, 19-20
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians: 10:16-17
Gospel: John 6:51-58
In Isaiah 55:2b-3a we read “Only listen to me and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare. Pay attention and come to me; listen, that you may have life.” In today’s Gospel reading Jesus is telling the people that he is the bread of life. Listen and eat well. This is a continuation of what Jesus has been saying. Earlier the people already objected when he said he was the bread of life. How can that be? We know him, his parents and where he’s from. Who does he think he is? Now his words about eating his flesh and drinking his blood is way beyond anything some of the people want to hear. How can they eat his flesh and drink his blood and why would they even want to do that? And they walk away. Jesus is disappointing them. It’s too much even though Jesus reminds them they were fed in the desert by manna from God and cared for through the years. If God could do that why not trust that God is sending Jesus to be the bread of life and their food now? Paul tells us this food, the body of Jesus, makes us all one. We can understand this idea of oneness through the pandemic we are experiencing throughout the world. No one is exempt. How do we see this oneness in the Body of Christ? Do we accept the poor, the LGBTQ people, the homeless, the criminal, the gang member, etc., as being part of the Body of Christ? Where in my life do I need to transform my way of being? Does receiving the Eucharist have any effect on my life and my relationship with others? Can I accept everyone as a member of God’s family? Am I listening?
Jesus, you feed us often with yourself inviting us into closer union with you and with each other. Help us to transform our lives so that we can hear your invitation to treat others as you did with mercy, forgiveness and compassion so that we can truly become one body. Let us leave no one out. Thank you for loving us and giving yourself to us and for us. Amen.
Dianne Kaimann, OSF