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To Be

April 26, 2015

Does anyone remember the question I started off with Monday?  Remember?  If we were hauled into court and accused, could we be convicted of being a Catholic Christian?

But believing in Christ by others observing our actions, is nothing compared to today’s Gospel: from the Bread of Life Discourse.  The Lord explained the comparison to the manna in the desert, and certainly that sign made sense to the crowd.  But today was different.  Today, he said that I AM.  If you think back to that night in Gethsemane, when Judas and the chief priests temple guard came to arrest him, when he said to them, “I AM, “ they turned away and fell to the ground (John 18: 6)Such was the Divine power in the saying of that identity.  Every Jew would have known the significance of that proclamation.  I AM.  Ego Eimi, in John’s Greek.  Ego sum qui sum – I am who am, in Jerome’s Vulgate.  The Name of God.

Certainly uttering the words, “The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world (John 6: 51).  That started the disciple exodus.  But the Lord said what he meant, and he meant what he said.  To live forever one must eat this bread.  This is, what Fr. Bruce Vawter says, “Jesus’ statement is more astounding than what he has said thus far.  Indeed.

So much so that the ones week in their faith will mutter, “This saying is hard; who can accept this?” (John 6: 60).  And they walked away.

The single most important thing to remember of this week, certainly today, is this: The Lord has set the Eucharistic theme, he has set the bread of Himself to the table for all those that would believe in him; for all of us who would believe in Him and the One who sent Him.  Amen.

Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!

 

Love, Papa

 

Thursday, April 23, 2015; Third Thursday of Easter

Acts 8: 26-40.  Look, there is water.  What is to prevent my being baptized?

Responsorial Psalm 66: 1 – Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

John 6: 44-51I am the living bread that came down from heaven.

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