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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 6,60-69): After hearing his doctrine, many of Jesus' followers said, «This language is very hard! Who can accept it?». Jesus was aware that his disciples were murmuring about this and so He said to them, «(…) It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh cannot help. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. But among you there are some who do not believe». From the beginning, Jesus knew who would betray him. So he added, «As I have told you, no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father» (…).

John 6: the Eucharist "transforms" us in "spirit"

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

Today, we contemplate the Eucharist as the great everlasting encounter between God and man, where Our Lord gives himself as "flesh" so that, in Him, we can become "spirit". Through the Cross, He transformed himself into a new kind of humanity which blends itself with God's nature; in the same way, the Eucharist must be our way to the Cross in anticipation of a new life in God and with God.

At the end of Jesus' speech, announcing the incarnation, and eating his flesh and drinking his blood, Jesus concludes by saying that «it is the Spirit that gives life». This reminds us of St Paul's words: «The first man, Adam, became a living being, the last Adam a life-giving spirit» (1Cor 15:45).

—Only through the Cross and through the transformation resulting from it do we have access to this "flesh" and, in the process of such transformation, it drags us along as well.