Friday of the Third Week of Easter
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The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his Flesh to eat?” 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.”
What a great plan. How does Jesus give us his Flesh to eat? By tearing off a piece of unleavened bread. What a nifty idea! Of course, the Pharisees and scribes never imagined for a moment such a bloodless delivery of such a precious parcel. But then again, they had other things in mind, liking putting him to death on a cross.
Unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of man and drink His Blood, you do not have life within you.
We have a problem, and it’s a big problem: humans can’t live forever. We have the heart and brains for eternal life, but we don’t have the right stuff to achieve it. The Lord supplies it all: His humanity and divinity – His body, blood, soul and divinity.
Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.
Since my very first communion, I have always understood how the Lord delivered His Flesh and Blood. I never thought the Eucharist was just a symbol or a representation of His Body and Blood. But for the longest time I never quite understood why the Lord delivered them in the first place. Why is the Eucharist so important?
Then one day, while I was driving, I heard on tape a talk given by Dr. Scott Hahn on the Eucharist. It blew my mind away. His very simple explanation of the Eucharist was what I needed to hear. The Eucharist allows us to truly be blood brothers and sisters of the Lord, which means we share a common Father (God) and a common mother (Mary).
God really is my Father, not just my adopted Father; and I am really His son, not just His adopted son. I can truly call God my Father, for so indeed He is.
Scandal of faith. Not everyone accepted this (The Eucharist). And throughout Christian history, many Protestant denominations have turned away from it. But it is surprising who did accept it: Satanists.
“Then Satan entered into Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve” (Lk 22:3).
After the Lord’s discourse on the Eucharist, we read: “The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him” (Jn. 6:64).
Satan loves to turn love on its head. A kiss, rather than being a sign of affection, became the sign for betrayal; the Eucharist, rather than being a sign of unity and thanksgiving, became the sign of division and the last straw.
Recently, a student association affiliated with Harvard University invited a Satanic group (The Satanic Temple) to celebrate a “Black Mass” for them. The Harvard Extension School claims their purpose is strictly educational, not religious; and truth be said, this “satanic” group is not made up of Satanists but rather atheists.
Regardless, the student association is pleading the First, and that free speech gives them the right to mock and insult Catholics and their beliefs. I await to see if this student organization invites other hate groups as well, for “educational” purposes, that is. I doubt it. For satanists, as well as far too many atheists, tend to mock not only Catholics, but truth and freedom as well.
Let us pray in the words Peter gave to us: “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God” (Jn 6:69). (0)