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Today’s Gospel
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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Gospel text (Jn 6,51-58): «The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood live with eternal life». Jesus said to the crowd: «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: + Mr. Josep Lluís Martínez i Picañol (Picanyol)

Today the Jews become annoyed with Jesus because he tells them something “incredible”: we must eat His Body and drink His Blood in order to go to heaven. But, how do we do this? Now we understand it: it is through the Eucharistic Communion! The bread and the wine that are consecrated during mass mysteriously become the Body and Blood of Christ. God is the Creator and he can do that!

—God trusts us with His mysteries, mostly so that we may accept them, even though we do not understand them fully. Jesus, I trust you!