Thought of the Day June 9, 2020 Faith and the Eucharist

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Preparing the people for the greater teaching on the Eucharist, Jesus said: “Do not work for food that perishes, but for that which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you. For God the Father has set his seal on him.” Therefore, they said to him, “What should we do, so that we may labor in the works of God?” Jesus responded and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he sent.” (John 6:27-29)

First of all, Jesus is talking about real food that leads to eternal life. Secondly, Jesus is the one sealed and sent by the Father to reveal his plan of salvation. Thirdly, to understand this new teaching a level of faith is needed. Faith in the person of Jesus, as the one sent by the Father, is the key to embracing this and any revealed mystery. 

A mystery is beyond reason. Reason is based on facts, mystery on faith. I can reason that there is a God from the facts of creation. But to accept the realty of the One God being Triune in person takes the grace of faith. The people witnessed the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fish. The facts were evident. Now they are being challenged to take a leap of faith from the known experience to the revelation of mystery. Each time we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus in Eucharist, we are making this leap of faith. The facts we see are bread and wine. The faith we express is that what we receive is the real Body and Blood of Jesus. 

Thank you, Jesus, for the grace to believe in you and to accept and act on your words in faith

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