Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050617.cfm
Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”
As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer walked with him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”
The Twelve knew the truth, even if they did not know how it was going to happen. They trusted the Lord, unlike those who walked away. Many today, do not believe that Jesus was speaking of His flesh, that He was only being symbolic. If that was so, why did He not call the others back and tell them it was only a parable or a symbol? Because it was not. It was the truth and He gave His Priests the power to change ordinary bread and wine into His body and blood, through the intercession of the Holy Spirit. If you cannot believe that you cannot have eternal life.
Prayer: Holy Father, I give you thanks for your great gift of the Eucharist. You bless us daily with the ability to partake of Jesus’ body and blood. And in His holy name, I give you honor and glory, Amen and Alleluia!
How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me? Alleluia!