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August 19, 2018: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading John 6: 51-58

Jesus said to the crowds:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen I say to you, unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats My flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them on the last day.
For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in Me and I in them.
Just as the living Father sent Me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on Me will have life because of Me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

Reflection:

Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me and I in them.”

Jesus’ flesh is not the only bread of life. The Word of God is also.
Both nourish us on our journey. Do we accept both?
They guide us to eternal life. They prepare us for the heavenly banquet.

Action:

Allow Jesus to live in you.
Be aware of how much God loves you.
Be the body of Christ on Earth.
Think about the eternity of heaven.

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Marilyn Kirschten

Marilyn Kirschten is a Providence Associate of the Sisters of Providence. Marilyn lives in a northern suburb of Chicago. She is a graduate of Marywood, Evanston and is involved in multiple ministries in her parish, Our Lady of Ransom in Niles, Ill.

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