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.
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat 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 him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”John 6: 51;53-55;66-68
As I reflect on our Catholic Identity, I have always thought that this passage is a good summary of our Catholic faith. I find this passage touches on two very important core beliefs of our faith.
1) Jesus IS in the Eucharist. And every time we go to Mass, we are in the presence of God and through Communion, Jesus gives us the opportunity to go back to him and follow him.
2) Sometimes (very often), it is hard to follow Jesus, – every time I read in the passage “Do you also want to leave?” – I think of how many distractions and shortcuts we have in front of us, and so many times I do leave him, only to have him take me back.
Only a God of love can be this good.
By Javier Ubarri