Cycle B

Good News B39

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

John 6:60-69 New American Bible

John 6:60-69 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

“But there are some of you who do not believe."

 

Let’s imagine you were there listening to Jesus the last few weeks. He was talking about eating his flesh and drinking his blood. You would probably say, “OO-oo Yuck!  I don’t want to be a cannibal and eat another person. I’m out of here.  Many followers of Jesus did leave him. They said, “No, not me. I’m not going to do that.” However, Jesus wanted you to realize that your body would not last forever. Your spirit is the part of you that lives forever. 

Jesus explained, “What if you were to see me going up into heaven where I was with my Father?  The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. No one can come to the Son of Man unless it is granted by my Father.

If you weren’t frightened away, Jesus would ask you, just as he asked his 12 apostles, “Do you also wish to leave?  Of course, you said you wanted to hear more. You tell Jesus, “I am convinced that you are the Holy One of God. You have the words to eternal life. He has the words to eternal life. You tell him, “I will stay and listen to you.

After Jesus dies on the cross, he explains the part about Take this Bread and eat it for this is my body. Take this cup of wine and drink it for this is the blood of the new covenant that will be shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus actually changed the bread into his body. He changed the wine into his blood. It was not just a symbol. It was indeed changed in form.  He told his disciples to do the same thing in memory of him. So when the priest says Mass, he repeats the same words that Jesus said. He does the same thing as Jesus did many years ago.

Every day you feed your body 3 times a day, more or less. How many times a day do you feed your soul? Along God’s path to heaven, he has a sign on the side of the road that says, “God’s Café-Soul Food free of charge. What is soul food and drink?  Going to church and receiving Holy Eucharist,  prayer, kind words, reading the Bible, obeying the commandments, spending time with your family and friends, and helping others are ways to feed your soul.  Each time you feed your body food and drink, make sure you take a helping of “soul” food, too.

 

Say the “Our Father” to thank God the Father for sending his only Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. Thank God the Father for giving us food for our souls as well as our bodies.

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

 

 

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