20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading I: Proverbs 9:1-6 II: Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58

51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh."
52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
53 So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you;
54 he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.
58 This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever."

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Jesus gives those who "eat his flesh and drink his blood" eternal life. By doing so, by participating in the Eucharist, we stay in communion with him, and we have eternal life.

  1. Catholics believe that the Risen Lord is truly present in the Eucharist. How do I understand and practice "eating his flesh and drinking his blood?" Furthermore, how is that understanding and practice leading me to a deeper spiritual life?
  2. Those who eat Jesus' flesh and drink his blood will abide in him, and He in them. Am I abiding in Jesus? Is Jesus abiding in me? Am I living in his love, his grace?
  3. Jesus said that he has come so we may have life and have it in abundance. What are some of the results of sharing this eternal life? How are those results manifested in my actions and words?

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