SGT- Sunday Gospel Thoughts- Fr. Jack Mattimore
Imagine being told that you needed to eat a particular food if you wanted to live, and if you didn’t eat this food, you would be dead before you know it.
Imagine being told that God loved you so much that God had the most awesome, unbelievable gift for you and all you had to do was prepare for it and then humbly ask for it.
Imagine being told that in order to live forever, you had to eat a particular meal at least once a week, although more often would be even better.
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our lives as Catholic Christians. In today’s gospel, Jesus tells the crowds, “I am the living bread come down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
Those listening started arguing, saying that what Jesus said was not possible, but Jesus told them, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
Jesus was speaking the truth and we believe that the bread and wine offered during Mass become the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Risen Christ. When we receive the Eucharist, we become one with the Lord. We are made strong and are washed clean.
The Eucharist is a beautiful gift from Jesus given to those who believe in him. It is a powerful source of grace in this life and the promise of eternal life to come.
Pope St. Paul VI said, “Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the Living Heart of each of our parishes.” After months of being unable to be together for Mass and to receive Communion, we continue to pray, “Come, Lord Jesus.”
I hope to see you soon. In the meantime, you’re in my prayers each day.
– Fr. Jack Mattimore, SJ