John 6:52-59 NRSVue
52The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day, 55for my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me and I in them. 57Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which the ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” 59He said these things while he was teaching in a synagogue at Capernaum.
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Some thoughts on this scripture
What we eat becomes part of us as we assimilate the energy of our daily food and drink. We become assimilated into Jesus when we eat his body and drink his blood - a graphic way of giving us himself. When we receive him in this way we are brought into a deep union with him, so that we and Jesus share his life and the life of God. We are divine mysteries, each of us a tabernacle of the divine as we walk in God’s world.
The message of Jesus is that he is our life, he is the pathway leading to life, he is the inner truth of our existence, he is the very substance of eternal life. Only by embracing his message, consuming his words in the most profound sense as we try to do in prayer, and encountering him in the mystery of the Eucharist, can we have true life in ourselves.
I may recognise the reactions of Jesus' hearers as I listen to others, as I hear myself. Jesus calls me beyond my resistances, giving me not just life but his very being.
I do not simply think, ‘What would Jesus do?’ but accept that I Jesus lives in me, bringing his life to the world.