The Choice

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Today’s passage from John’s gospel tells us that many of the Jews that had followed Jesus suddenly left him and never returned.  What was the cause of this mass exodus?  The Eucharist.  It is the ultimate gift, a means to receive heaven on earth.  So why was it rejected?  Because the contention that Jesus could give his actual flesh and his actual blood for us to consume was completely unacceptable to most faithful Jews. Despite that, some of the Jews did not leave Jesus.  They saw Jesus for who he really was and chose to continue to follow him.

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.
Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my Flesh is true food,
and my Blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

One of the stumbling blocks for our non-Catholic brothers and sisters is the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.  Like the many Jews in John’s gospel passage, most non-Catholics reject the reality of this most holy gift.  Even some Catholics believe that the Eucharist is just a symbol.  To accept the reality of the Eucharist requires trust and faith. It also requires that we make a conscious choice to accept that it is true.

It is the choice that offers eternal life.  Have you made the choice?

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2 Responses to The Choice

  1. Lee Surkin says:

    “Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament … There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth.”
    ― J.R.R. Tolkien
    Go often to Holy Communion. Go very often! This is your one remedy. Holy Communion is offered to all, as the living Jesus Christ is for all, as all of us are not divided in him, but belong together as brothers and sisters, all of us poor sinners, all of us rich through his mercy.

  2. Mary Thomas says:

    I have made the choice often and continue to make the choice on a daily basis. Amen.

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