Reflection on John 6:44-51 ~
In the Catholic Mass, the Liturgy of the Eucharist begins with gratitude offered to the Father during the Eucharistic Prayer. This is followed by the Communion Rite, starting with the Our Father. When we participate in Holy Communion, we acknowledge the Father’s heavenly role in the indescribable beauty of Transubstantiation. In the closing prayers, we ask for the benefits of the eternal life of Jesus within to remain active and among other things believe that He will bring us to the Father.
John 6 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
44 No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 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.”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 6:41-51.