Sunday, August 16, 2009

LIVING BREAD

"The Jews started arguing with one another, 'How can this man give us His Flesh to eat?' Jesus replied: 'I tell you solemnly, if you do not eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood you will not have life in you.'" (Jn.6:52,53) "Anyone who does eat My Flesh and drink My Blood has eternal life and I shall raise him up on the last day." Jesus used the present tense again and said, "has eternal life." (Jn. 6:40) Eternal Life begins with this Eucharistic communion of life—this intimate union of Creator and creature—this mingling of All with nothingness. The Eucharist enables Eternal Light and the created soul to join together and become one Light. Living Bread and a living soul unite and become one Love, one sacrifice for the salvation of many. The Father communicates life to the Son and Jesus passes on that life to the faithful by making Himself their food. Only the Holy Spirit can give souls the light to understand this Mystery of the Eucharist. The "flesh"—the senses—human intelligence—could never invent, believe or accept such a Mystery on its own. Excerpts from To Leave and Yet to Stay Mother M. Angelica

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