Thursday, April 18, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013

Reflection:  Today’s Gospel according to John gives us beautiful validation of the Catholic Church’s teaching regarding transubstantiation and the true presence of Jesus’ body and blood in the Eucharist.  Why would the Jews have been quarreling about Jesus “giving us his flesh to eat” if Jesus had said He would give them a symbol of His body and blood?  Surely a symbol would not cause this much of an uprising.  Jesus does not say to eat this symbol, but “unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, you do not have life within you.” 

Just as Saul needed to be baptized and “when he had eaten, he recovered his strength,” we too must eat of the bread of life so we might have strength for our spiritual journey.  We should seek the Lord often in the Eucharist, because “whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood remains in me and I in him.”  What greater help and source of strength could we ask for than to welcome our Lord into our hearts and our bodies?  The beauty of the Catholic Church is that it makes Mass and the Eucharist available to us every day of the week in every country in the world.

Reflection for younger saints:  Today Jesus tells us we must eat His Flesh and drink His Blood so we can have eternal life in heaven with Him.  We do this by going to Mass and receiving Jesus in the Eucharist.  We should welcome and receive Jesus as often as we can so He can give us the strength that we need.

Big Picture:  Jesus gave us “His flesh to eat”

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  What is it called when the bread and the wine become Jesus’ body and blood?  When this happens, is it just a symbol of Jesus’ body and blood, or is it Jesus’ true body and blood?  When are we able to receive Jesus’ body and blood?  (Daily, by receiving His body and blood in the Eucharist).
     Older saints:  Take a few minutes today to read about transubstantiation and the Catholic Church’s teaching on the Eucharist.  Compare this teaching to Protestant teaching.  How are they different?  Which seems to more properly align to today’s Gospel reading?

Fun Fact:  The particular judgment is the judgment that will be passed on each one of us immediately after death (St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No. 1, 2008, p. 70).

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Alphege
     What they are remembered for:  St. Alphege lived a life of a monk, a hermit, an abbot, and a bishop.  During his time as bishop he was well known for his care for the poor and his personal sacrifices.  He was captured during a time of war and was martyred after refusing to have a large ransom paid for his release.
     Feast day:  April 19
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