Walking Together Toward the Promise of New Life

Clergy Corner by Fr. Theo

The Gospel of John presents the discourse on the “bread of life,” held by Jesus in the Synagogue of Capernaum, in which he affirms, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if anyone eats this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh” (Jn 6:51). Jesus underlines that he has not come into this world to give something, but to give himself, his life, as nourishment for those who have faith in Him. This communion with the Lord obliges us, his disciples, to imitate him, making our existence through our behavior, bread broken for others, and living like this we discover true joy! The joy of making of oneself a gift, of reciprocating the great gift that we have first received without merit of our own. This is beautiful: our life is made a gift! This is to imitate Jesus.
 
This weekend, we approach the Eucharistic table from all sorts of different places and perspectives becoming one in the sharing of Christ’s body and blood. We walk together toward the promise of new life, setting aside the darkness of difference and resentments. In a divided and polarized world, our act of unity bears witness. And, as we have been fed, the real presence of Christ remains in us as we go out into that same world to change it in turn.

Let us ask Our Lady to help us rediscover the beauty of the Eucharist, to make it the center of our life.

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