On this Sunday, we continue to read from the sixth chapter of
the Gospel of John. Today’s Gospel elaborates further on the
teaching that Jesus began in our liturgy last week. In that
reading, the crowds wondered about how Jesus could say that he
had come down from heaven because they knew Jesus to be the son
of Joseph. In this Gospel, some have difficulty with Jesus’
teaching that he is the living bread sent from God. Recall that
Jesus had told them that just as God gave the Israelites manna
to sustain them in the desert, so now God has sent new manna
that will give eternal life. We hear the concluding verse of
last week’s Gospel repeated in today’s reading: Jesus himself is
the bread sent by God; Jesus’ flesh is the bread that is given
for the life of the world.
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TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
August 19, 2018
Among the stumbling blocks for those who heard but did not
understand Jesus is the teaching that the bread that Jesus will
give is his own flesh. In response to the people who quarreled
over his words, Jesus teaches with even greater emphasis that
salvation comes to those who eat his Body and Blood. Jesus
doesn’t seem to answer the question posed about how salvation
will come about, perhaps because this reality can only be
understood after his death and Resurrection. Instead, Jesus
teaches about the life that he will give to the world.
To many ears, Jesus’ words are jarring and difficult to hear.
Many who heard Jesus could not accept what he said. Many today
continue to struggle to accept these words. But they are
important words because they reveal our intimate connection with
This is the mystery that is at the heart of our eucharistic
theology. In the elements of bread and wine, Jesus’ Body and
Blood are made truly present. When we share in the Body and
Blood of Christ, Jesus himself comes to dwell within us. This
communion with the Lord makes us one body, brings us eternal
life, and sends us forth to be Christ’s body for the life of the
THE WORD OF THE LORD!
Readings for next Sunday
, August 26, 2018
TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Joshua 24: 1 - 2a, 15 - 17, 18b
Psalm 34: 2 - 3, 16 - 17, 18 - 19, 20 - 21
Ephesians 5: 21 - 32
John 6: 60 - 69