< Our pastor Fr. Joe G. gave a wonderful homily today on today's readings and the Gospel. He mentioned how in a Catholic Mass, we know what is going to happen next, the steps, etc. However, he cautioned us it can make the Mass rote for us.
He then reminded us what the Consecration is all about and that we have to make a connection between Holy Communion and Jesus.
I am not by any means doing his homily any justice but I did want to touch on the main points...that Jesus wasn't kidding around when He told us that He was the Bread of Life.
The Jews murmured about Jesus because he said,
“I am the bread that came down from heaven,”
and they said,
“Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph?
Do we not know his father and mother?
Then how can he say,
‘I have come down from heaven’?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“Stop murmuring among yourselves.
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him,
and I will raise him on the last day.
It is written in the prophets:
They shall all be taught by God.
Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.
Not that anyone has seen the Father
except the one who is from God;
he has seen the Father.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven
so that one may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”