Daily Gospel Reflection for May 9, 2014

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Today’s Gospel: John 6:52-59

Every day, all over the world, Catholics take their places in line before bread and wine.

Blessed are those who are called to the supper of the Lamb.

We are called, over and over again, day after day and week after week. We do it so often that we could even forget what a true gift we have in the Eucharist.

In it, we take Christ physically into our bodies. We are changed. We leave different than when we entered.

It is certainly possible to follow Jesus’ teachings without eating of his flesh and drinking of his blood.

But why would we want to?

Jesus said, “The one who feeds on me will have life because of me.”

This opportunity that is ours so regularly to unite ourselves with Christ makes it possible for us to not only follow His teachings, but to have Him with us, in us, to help us follow Him more closely.

There are eternal benefits to our faith. He will raise us up on the last day. We have that promise, and we take Him at His word.

But it’s His presence within us, gradually changing our hearts, forming us to be more like Him, that makes us belong to Jesus. The presence of Christ within us changes us little by little, making us in His image. The Eucharist is our gift from Jesus, our physical reminder that we belong to Him.

We aren’t just His at the end of time on the last day. We’re His, now, and always.

Ponder:

Reflect for a moment on your first Eucharist. How have you been changed (in big or small ways) by receiving Christ?

Pray:

Jesus, thank you for the gift of your presence in the Eucharist.

Copyright 2014 Abbey Dupuy

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Abbey Dupuy writes her life as a homeschooling mom of four. She muses about parenting, practicing gratitude and celebrating the liturgical year with her young family at Surviving Our Blessings. In her spare time, Abbey enjoys running, knitting, coffee, and cookbooks, not usually all at the same time.

3 Comments

  1. So true! I often reflect on how gross it is when you think about it, eating his flesh, drinking his blood. And yet he pushes me beyond that, invites me to more.

    Great reflection, Abbey!

  2. Abbey, thanks for a great reflection on a challenging passage. I keep coming back to this verse: “This is the bread that came down from heaven.” He is the bread – and he came for us, for me. Impossible to clearly understand, thrilling to simply believe. I have been writing this week about someone who did not have regular access to the Eucharist – she could only receive on major holidays. And for her, Holy Communion was something she craved, something she would have given her life for. I want to feel that way in my life too — baby steps. Thanks for this beautiful prayer.

  3. Thanks, Sarah and Lisa. My husband (a former pastor from another Christian denomination) received his first Eucharist this past Easter after a journey of 15 years, and it feels like such a great privilege to be able to receive together after so long of wanting that unity. Seeing him yearn to be welcomed at the table for all those years made it hard to take Eucharist for granted. I’m so grateful to be part of this Tradition that makes it clear that Eucharist and our participation in it is transformative…so much more than just a symbol.

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