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Liturgical day: Friday 3rd of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 6,52-59): The Jews were arguing among themselves, «How can this man give us flesh to eat?». So Jesus replied, «Truly, I say to 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 (…)».

John 6: the "Bread-Eucharist" contains the sacrifice of "Word-Incarnate"

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI)
(Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, Jesus specifically reveals the scope of His Incarnation: to give His life for the world. The Eucharist, in addition to being the sacrament of His permanence among us, contains the gift of His sacrifice for us.

This is made even clearer in verse 53, where the Lord adds that He will give us His Blood to "drink". These words are not only a manifest allusion to the Eucharist, but they point to what underlies the Eucharist: the sacrifice of Jesus, who sheds His Blood for us, and in so doing steps out of himself, so to speak, pours himself out and gives himself to us. Thus, Incarnation and Cross come together.

—The Bread presupposes that the seed —grain of wheat— has fallen into the Earth, and "dies", and that from its death a new ear has afterwards grown. Earthly bread can become the bearer of Christ’s presence because it contains in itself the mystery of the Passion, it unites in itself death and resurrection.