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Liturgical day: Body and Blood of Christ (A)

Gospel text (Jn 6,51-58): Jesus said to Jews: «I am the living bread which has come from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever (...)». The Jews were arguing among themselves, «How can this man give us flesh to eat?»... Jesus said to Jews: «I am the living bread which has come from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever. The bread I shall give is my flesh and I will give it for the life of the world».

The Jews were arguing among themselves, «How can this man give us flesh to eat?». So Jesus replied, «Truly, I say to you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood live with eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day. My flesh is really food and my blood is drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood, live in me and I in them. Just as the Father, who is life, sent me and I have life from the Father, so whoever eats me will have life from me. This is the bread which came from heaven; unlike that of your ancestors, who ate and later died. Those who eat this bread will live forever».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today Jesus announces the most precious gift He is willing to give us: Himself, His own sacrificed Body and His Blood shed for our salvation. Only a great faith can be certain of those words from the Lord. Some Jews argued and distrusted them. But the historic fact is that Jesus Christ, at the Last Supper, said, "This is my Body ..."; "This is my Blood ...” Christ is God and He can do it!

—"If He has said it, why should we hesitate?" We are not asked to understand the miracle, but to accept it!