Reflection on John 6:41-51
To each individual Eucharistic moment, I believe living bread from heaven comes down while the recipient also rises toward heaven. If you are an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, there is an indescribable beauty witnessing transubstantiation reflected in the eyes and expressions of those receiving. Do not hesitate to respond if you feel invited by God to serve Communion yourself, as the world needs to know the love in your faith-filled actions.
The Communion of the Apostles, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
John 6 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
41 Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. 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.