The One that comes from heaven
August 12, 2018 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 1st Reading: 1 Kg 19:4–82nd Reading: Eph 4:30–5:2 Gospel: Jn 6:41–51
baking fish-looking bread for health-conscious people, snake-looking bread for exotic food patrons, or Jesuslooking bread for lovers of the Holy Eucharist. Of the forms I mentioned, the last one struck the owner of the bakery most, presumably because of the morbidity of the idea of eating bread that looks like a roasted person.
This takes us to the heart of today’s Gospel where Jesus presented himself to the people as bread to eat. Theymurmured because they found it insane to have to eat the body of Jesus. Even as people began leaving in disgust, Jesus insisted: “The bread I shall give is my flesh and I will give it for the life of the world” (Jn. 6:51).
Today, the same offer is available at the Eucharist. When consecrated, the bread used at Mass becomes real body of Christ and the wine becomes his real blood. This time the repugnance is lessened because the bread and the wine retain their external appearances even after consecration by operation of the mystery of trans-substantiation. With the repugnance issue properly addressed, the question now is how much of ourselves is transformed by our frequent partaking of the body of Christ at the Eucharist. – (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.
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