THE HOLY EUCHARIST IS THE FOOD THAT GIVES US LIFE FOREVER
Today’s readings stress the fact that the Holy Eucharist, the perfect fulfillment of the symbol of the manna in the Old Testament, is the Food that gives us life forever. In last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus declared that the bread he gives is his Flesh. In today’s Gospel, Jesus asserts that eating the living bread, himself, allows us to participate in his life and to grow here and now in our eternal life with God.
Jesus emphasizes the eternal-life dimensions of eating his body and drinking his blood – that those who have Faith in Jesus and do so have already stepped into Heaven in this life, sharing in God’s own life and therefore in eternal life. Our participation in the Eucharist also concretizes and energizes our relationship with Christ and with one another. When we share in the body and blood of Christ in the Holy Eucharist, Jesus himself comes to dwell within us. This communion with the Lord makes us one body, brings us eternal life, and sends us forth to be Christ’s body for the life of the world.
Excerpted from the homily of Fr Tony Kadavil available at http://frtonyshomilies.com.