Newsletter 19 & 26 August 2018
<span ">People eat food particularly to maintain their overall physical well-being. <span "> <span ">If we break this down further, food functions in maintaining proper health as well as in the prevention and cure of diseases. <span "> <span ">It is a natural propensity to desire to eat food when one is hungry. <span "> <span ">According to experts too, what we eat has a lot to do with the responsiveness of our body metabolism. <span "> <span ">It is upon this latter that nutritionists advise that people eat a balanced diet or food with desirable nutriment that would be beneficial to the functioning of the human body as well as for nourishment.
However, no matter how much food and balanced diet we eat now, we shall still be hungry afterwards. No wonder, in the interlocution with the Jews in the gospel passage this weekend (John 6:51-58), our Lord Jesus Christ established that he has a kind of food of which if we eat, we will not only hunger for any other food, we will from it derive eternal life. This food is his flesh and his blood. When we partake in them, we become one with him because we are assimilated into him; in few words we become what we eat.
Most of us have the best bread for breakfast and the best wine for dinner but we cannot be found at the table of the banquet of eternal life. Some have been on indefinite vacation from the Holy Eucharist while observing strictly the conventional three-square meals. We are individually challenged to ascertain the nature of the relationship we have with Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament; what he is telling the Jews today is at the same time a message for us. “Do you believe that he is really present with his body and blood?” “Do you partake in that Holy Communion and when last did you do so in a manner that is fitting?”