The Living Bread

It’s been three months since I’ve last experienced Him in the flesh. Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve taken Holy Communion and that was just before the start of the community quarantine period. And I really miss doing that, in fact my eyes are moistas I write this. There are times that you just feel tired and exhausted and missed those times when you can freely visit the Blessed Sacrament and attend Holy Mass. For as long as you’ve been to Confession, the Sacrament of the Eucharist is a proven refuge during moments of confusion and source of strength when one’s weary and exhausted. (For now, while the Churches are still closed, most of us have to be content in doing the Act of Spiritual Communion.)

Many today are most  likely tired and sad, but we take consolation in God telling us these past week that, “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Mt. 5: 1-12) Despite the sorrow that you are experiencing, take note that “You are the salt of the earth”and, “You are the light of the world.” (Mt. 5: 13-16). When Jesus calls you such, you have that special calling to tell the world about Him and live in a way that is pleasing to God the Father.We have to be living examples of being His followers, that in so doing we may be able to proclaim His Good News of Salvation, not only by the words we preach, but most importantly by how we live. When we obey and teach others His commandments, we will be called “greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

In the Gospel during this Solemnity of the Corpus Christi (Jn. 6: 51-58), Christ reminds us that every part of His being is offered for us, 

I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live foreverand the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” 

Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB, shared a beautiful story in his homily highlighting the importance of the Holy Mass to God’s people in sustaining their energy and zeal in working for the Kingdom. The Holy Mass nourishes us with spiritual food that sustains our love for God through the day-to-day activities as His followers and evangelizers. He emphasized that “…we need to live it, practice it and share it”. 

Let us take note that God Himself wants to share His life with us.  He wants to get involved in “flesh and blood” with us,

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. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drinkWhoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from Heaven.”

These passages allowed me to reflect on the people who have been like Jesus in my life: my family, my parents, priests who have been family to me, my aunties and uncles, my cousins, and special friends, who have cared and made me feel how it is to be loved. It is important therefore to be like Jesus to others too. No one though can love us better than Christ, who has shown us what it takes to love others.

These insights lead us back again to the appreciation of the Holy Eucharist. Christ’s deep love will make us realize why He chose to be present in the Tabernacles under the form of bread and wine.

Today, let us be thankful and grateful for the mystery of the Body and Blood of Christ. Let us pray that there’ll be return to normalcy soon so that we can again partake of the Holy Eucharist.

I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord;whoever eats this bread will live forever.” (Jn. 6: 51)

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