HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF EASTER
HOMILY THEME: CONSTANT FRIENDSHIP WITH THE LORD THROUGH HIS BODY AND BLOOD
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
(Jn 6:52-59) Friday in the Third Week of Easter
In the day’s Gospel Jesus becomes bolder in His teaching on the Bread of Life. He told the Jews that He is offering His flesh to be eaten. This was hard for the Jews to believe. They were being treated as cannibals! They could not accept the fact that they were being told to eat human flesh. It was a new teaching. It was one they were not ready and willing to accept. Was Jesus being radical or He was just being symbolical? Truly, anyone during those times, even in our time, will find that teaching hard to accept. But Jesus was not talking of His human flesh. Later He would institute the Eucharist. In the Eucharist, as we know now, what Jesus said became possible. When we break bread, the bread becomes Jesus’ Body and Blood. That is what we believe. When we eat the bread and drink the wine, we become one with Jesus. Jesus is in us and we are in Jesus.
But even now, the question is not merely on the eating of the bread or drinking of the wine which became JESUS’ Body and Blood. The act is a consummation of the friendship between Jesus and us. At the same time, it is a challenge to live the faith and be in constant friendship with the Lord.
Jesus chose an excellent context for His Bread of Life teaching. Sharing bread and wine at table is a symbol of unity, family, and friendship. Enemies do not share the same table. Thus, for our communion or reception of the Lord to be effective, meaningful, and fruitful, it must be received in the right disposition. No wonder, our faith requires us to, at least, have gone to confession or free from mortal sins.
Yes. Our goal is to be always seated at table with the Lord. Jesus, the Bread of Life, is always available. He nourishes our body and soul. He gives purpose and meaning to life. When we receive the Lord in Holy Communion, we ought to represent Him to others. His aura should be seen and felt in us.
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