16th August 2015: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Yr.B

Prob 9:1-6
Ps 34:1-14
Eph 5:15-20
Jn 6:51-58
Taste and See that the Lord is good
I wonder why a human being will call himself bread- living bread. At the beginning of the chapter of today’s gospel, Jesus multiplied bread to the amazement of the people but they did not understand the sign. This event takes us back to the experience of the people of Israel in the Old Testament When the people of Israel asked for food in the wilderness, the Lord rained down bread from heaven for them. The people could not understand the meaning of the sign so they named it “Manna”, the word manna is from the Egyptian word ‘mon’ which means ‘what’? “When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, ‘what is it? For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, ‘it is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat.’’” Ex. 16:15. The answer to the meaning of the Manna is what Jesus gives in John 6:51, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven”. At the last supper Jesus instituted the sacrament of his Body and blood. What Jesus did is largely misunderstood by many today, he did not give us the sign or symbol of his body, but his real body and blood. As he says, “my flesh is REAL food and my blood is REAL drink” John 6:55. In the Eucharist, our God has become touchable, palpable and visible. He has become the life and food of our souls.
“In the Eucharist we eat what we are and we become what we eat”- St. Augustine. The Eucharist calls us to become each day like the Lord in conduct by uniting ourselves with him. becoming what we eat calls us to love him more dearly and follow him more closely. The Eucharist sets us on the path of wisdom because the One whom we receive is wisdom Himself, if only we open our hearts and life to the inspiration of his grace, he will surely guild us in the path of eternal salvation.
Rev. Fr. Israel Inaede
St. Peter Chaplaincy Oleh

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