There are a lot of bloody passages in scripture–mostly in the Old Testament–but our gospel reading from this past Sunday strikes me as the bloodiest! If I were British I would say that it’s bloody bloody! Jesus is talking to crowds and is trying to make sure his message about who he is gets across to them, so he uses vivid language. “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. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me” (John 6:53-57). How are we to understand this message? What does it say about the Eucharist? We could ponder the meaning for a lifetime. What does the Eucharist mean to you? There is no one correct answer. We invite you to respond!
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