Daily Gospel Reflection for April 20, 2018


Today’s Gospel: John 6:52-59

A year ago, when my then twelve-year-old son, Zack, asked me, right before Communion, if he could drink the consecrated wine, I was caught like a deer in head lights. There’s a strong line of alcoholism that runs through my husband’s family tree, and mine. That heredity thing scares me. I was hoping I could postpone any alcohol passing my kids’ lips for a very, very long time. But here I was with just a split-second to make my decision.

Of course, with that baggage, I wanted to say no. But my Zack is that kid who’s more intrigued when he’s told he can’t have or do something. I knew my saying no, or making a big deal out of it, would have him obsessing. So I said yes, and put the rest in God’s hands. Zack has been drinking the blood of Christ ever since.

Recently, it came up in conversation. I was shocked (and secretly thrilled) when Zack said he thought the wine tasted “disgusting.” I asked him why he continues to drink it if he’s already receiving the host. He looked at me with a confused look on his face and said, “Mommy, it’s the blood of Christ. Who cares what it tastes like. It’s more important to get as much of God as I can. Why wouldn’t I want both His flesh and His blood?”

My kids humble me all the time. But I have to admit, this time topped all the rest. Studying theology and reading the Bible are wonderful ways to increase our faith. But in order for God to truly remain in us, and us in Him, we need to ingest our faith as concretely as we do the consecrated host and wine at Mass.


Do I ingest my faith as concretely as I do Christ’s flesh and blood at Communion?


Eternal God, remind me to take advantage of every opportunity to ingest You so I may remain in You, and You in me.

Copyright 2018 Claire McGarry

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Claire McGarry is the author of the Lenten devotional "With Our Savior," published by Creative Communications for the Family/Bayard, Inc. and All is Blessing: Finding God in the Tensions of Life, to be published by Our Sunday Visitor in the fall of 2021. Her freelance work has appeared in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Focus on the Family magazine, Catechist magazine, These Days devotional, and Keys for Kids devotional. The founder of MOSAIC of Faith, a ministry with several different programs for mothers and children, she blogs at Shifting My Perspective.


  1. I love this post! Such lessons we learn from our children! My kids (5 & 3) can’t wait to receive Communion and I can’t wait for them to either!

    • Thanks, Tami! It’s SO true: I think I’m the one who’s supposed to teach my kids, and they end up teaching me so much in return. It’s humbling, but it also forces me to grow. Blessings to you and your two little ones.

  2. Kelly Guest on

    Your son is on to a great philosophy for life – it’s God, so who cares… it’s God will that I do such and such, so who cares if I am scared, if I get made fun of or talked about, if I don’t get the promotion, if I have to wait longer for that prayer to ne answered,if it didn’t turn out the way I wanted. Yep, “it’s God, who cares” is going to stick with me. Thank you and your son.

    • I agree 100%, Kelly! It’s funny because I don’t give Zack credit for the wisdom he possesses. That’s why I’m always surprised when he comes out with these profound things. I need to change my perspective of him and keep my ears wide open when he speaks! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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