August 19, 2018
(20th Sunday Ordinary Time, B)
Jesus said, “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 drink. Whoever 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.” Jn_6:51-58
Wisdom has built her house . . . “Let whoever is simple turn in here; To the one who lacks understanding, she says, Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed! Forsake foolishness that you may live; advance in the way of understanding.” Prv_9:1-6
In the beginning we eat and drink because our bodies need nourishment in order to continue living. And then we learn that food comes in all different kinds of textures and tastes. Some are quite disgusting, while others are extremely appealing to our palate. With these, we sometimes overindulge in eating just because their taste is so good.
With time we learn that some foods aren’t really so good for our bodies. They cause our teeth to rot, our stomachs to bulge and our arteries to clog. So we temper our appetites to fit more with reason, all in the name of health and longevity.
Yet all of that is really only one aspect of our nourishment. Besides feeding our stomach we also need food to feed our minds and our souls. This is where we begin listening to peaceful music, reading thought-provoking and educational books and forming our conscience about what is right and not, what is good and not.
Jesus teaches us just that. If we can begin all over again and eat only the absolute best of foods; food that will give us both the longevity (eternal life) and the wisdom to live this life to the absolute best it can be lived; then Jesus tells us that He IS that food. In the Blessed Sacrament Jesus feeds us with Himself! He becomes a part of us. And being a part of Jesus we learn to find only the best of all the other forms of nourishment the world has to offer. Jesus calls us all to feed on Him. Come!
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