Daily Gospel Reflection for August 19, 2018 - 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Today’s Gospel: John 6:51-58 – 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. John 6:53

What does it mean to not have life within us? What kind of life is Jesus talking about? Certainly our relationship with Jesus is life-giving. His gift of the Eucharist is life-giving.

Sometimes when I go to Mass, I do not even want to be there. I do not feel like participating. I do not feel like singing or making the responses. I just want to sit there. Quiet. Alone. I may be sad. I may be stressed. I may just want to be somewhere else. But soon I find myself participating. At first it may be automatic but soon there is an attitude shift. I notice it. A little at a time. The prayers. The readings. The music. All reach into my heart and mind and bring me back.

By the time I go up for communion, I am fully present. Whatever was bothering me has gone into hiding. And then when I receive the Eucharist, I feel alive again. A new me. The person who walked into church has disappeared.
And I know I have experienced something. Community certainly. Inspiration, sure. But there is something more.
That something more is Jesus. His presence. His life-giving presence in the Eucharist.

And I am reminded yet again, why I am Catholic. Why I go to Mass. Why I need Jesus.

”If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion.” –St. Maximilian Kolbe

Ponder:

How do you experience the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist? Do you ever take the Eucharist for granted?

Pray:

Jesus, thank You for the gift of the Eucharist, the gift of Yourself. Help me to never take Your gift for granted.


Copyright 2018 Colleen Spiro

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Colleen Spiro is a Catholic mother, grandmother and a deacon’s wife. A certified spiritual director, Colleen loves to share her faith and encourage others through her retreats and writings. You can read her reflections at her website, Catholic Prayer Life and read or listen to her podcast at Finding God in the Everyday.

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