John 6:51-58 Reflection – Recognizing Sacrifice and Love

Reflection on John 6:51-58

When we consume Eucharist, we are asked to believe beyond human understanding and comprehension. To just look at the Cross is not good enough, we must join the reality of Christ’s mingling with our true self. Our constant invitation to become aware of Christ’s on-going presence is the beginning of our being eternal. Our life lived from the Cross (with our eyes and through his eyes) means recognizing sacrifice and love rippled outward is not in vain.

The Communion of the Apostles James Tissot Brooklyn Museum

The Communion of the Apostles, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum


Additional Ordinary Time Reflections

John 6   New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will 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, “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. 54 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55 for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”

Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 6:51-58.