Let Our Praise Be Loud and Free

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of Corpus Christi—the real presence of Jesus, body and blood, soul and divinity, in the Blessed Sacrament.

Hymn of the Day: Zion, to Thy Savior Sing!

Scripture of the Day

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. — Jesus, John 6:51

Questions of the Day (from John 6)

Jesus poses our questions of the day — questions he asked because several members of the crowd murmured and walked away after hearing his teaching that his flesh is true food and his blood is true drink (verse 55). Scripture tells us that many disciples respond by saying “this teaching is hard; who can accept it? (verse 60)” The truth often makes us uncomfortable, and many refuse to accept it. Even today many will say that the communion table is just a symbol, but Jesus’ teaching and scripture do not support such a conclusion.

  • Does this shock you? — John 6:61
  • Do you also want to leave? — John 6:67

Peter responds with his own question:

  • Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

The Jews “quarreled” among themselves, “How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat?” Before giving this teaching, Jesus multiplied the loaves (first the 5,000, who represent God’s chosen people, the Jews; and second to the 4,000, who represent the gentiles, to include all nations and peoples of all times). Then and now people fail to understand the multiplication of the loaves as an anticipation of Jesus’ gift of himself to all people in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, which far surpasses the manna God gave his people in the desert to sustain them (Exodus 16) and the feeding of mere thousands.

Jesus did not run after the people who walked away. He did not yell out, “Wait! It’s only a symbol! Come back!” Instead, he stands by his teaching. He turns to his disciples. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, so I ask you

  • Do you accept all of Jesus’ teachings, or just the ones that are comfortable for you?
  • Do you run from or trust and grapple with the teachings that are more difficult to understand?

Quotes of the Day

The Eucharistic celebration always includes: the proclamation of the Word of God; thanksgiving to God the Father for all his benefits, above all the gift of his Son; the consecration of bread and wine; and participation in the liturgical banquet by receiving the Lord’s body and blood. These elements constitute one single act of worship. — Catechism of the Catholic Church 1408

I will not reject anyone who comes to me. — Jesus, John 6:37

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