Sunday 1 November 2015

Sunday 20th year ’B’ 20e dimanche année ’B’

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my Blood has eternal life, and I shall raise that person up on the last day.”

Pr 9, 1-6 Ps.33 Ep. 5,15-20 Jn.6,51-58

20th Sunday of OT, year ’B’

“I am the living bread that has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread shall live forever ; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh for the whole world. Then the Jews started arguing amongst themselves, ’How can this man give us his flesh to eat? ’: In all truth, I tell you, if you do not the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you.”

The Word of God comes and gives meaning to our walk in this life, giving us what we need to hold out as we move forward! We choose this walk and this food : ’ Amen, amen, I tell you : if you don’t eat of the flesh of the Son of man,and if you don’t drink his Blood, you won’t have Life in you.’ In the Sinai desert, the Lord God put in the heart of his people the desire to deepen, he puts the people to the test for forty years. God imposed the walk in the desert to see what lies in our hearts. He prepared them for a food that gives life, by giving it day after day food under the aspect of mannah. The elders already would see the bread and wine as ’images ’of spritual food. This is how it is in a tradition of Wisdom, that Jesus introduces us into the mystery of the Eucharist which is of an overflowing wealth. Jesus, Son of God, comes to earth to give us the bread of intelligence, the bread of faith, and his Word which opens up for us the mystery of God and his plan of Divine Love.

“Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise that person up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I in that person.”

Right form the beginning, Chrsitians found support in the Word pronounced by Jesus in the synagogue of Capernaum : ’The bread of God is he who comes down from Heaven and who gives Life to the world.“’The one who comes to me will never be hungry.’ Jesus’ boldness brings abourt murmerings in the assembly :” How can he say ’I am the bread of life?’ "Peoples’ astonishment will turn into scandal when Jesus announces clearly what the Eucharist is : ’The bread that I shall give is my flesh for the world.’ In this situation of ordeals and and of dependance, God wants to have mankind discover that he doen’t live only from bread but from every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ We

have a fundamental need of a food for our bodily needs, but Jesus has another food that we need even more, that of our heart. ’I am the living bread come down from Heaven, if anyone eats this bread, he will live eternally’. Jesus is this ’living bread’, this Word become flesh, that fills our heart. He is ’the true food and the true drink’, that give Eternal Life.

“As the living Father has sent me and I draw life from he Father, so whoever eats me will also draw life from me.This is thebread which comes down from heaven ; it is not like the bread our ancestors ate: they are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will live forever.”

In Capernaum on the day following tha multiplication of bread, Jesus develops an Eucharistic catechis , one that is so important for us : ’My flesh is real food’, he insists, ’my blood is real drink.’ The Eucharist is something necessary for us, as food for the human body is something indispensable for our human bodies. The Eucharist maintains and develops the life of Love that has begun down here on earth, which Jesus calls for Eternal Life. Jesus will give this on Maunday Thursday when he takes the bread, then the cup and says ’Take and eat ; this is my Body given up for you. Drink all of you, this is my Blood.’ It is the Gift of God, this presence He reveals for us to contemplate in the Blessed Sacrement. This Bread of Life reminds us how much God loves us : he is turned into ’ a host’, an offering, so as to be made accessible for each person! But He also wants to gather us together like seeds on the same hill. ’Since there is just one bread, the multitude we are is one body.’ Jesus, Presence of Love, unites us to Him and unites us one to another. He turns hImself into food so that we can ce in communion with his Body and Blood and thus, in Him, become one Body.

Let us ask for the grace to hear : ’As the Father, who is Living, has sent me, and as I live from the Father, likewise the one who eats me will live from me."