Reflections - August 16, 2015

“Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.”  Jn. 6:57.
 
As we finish the discourse about the “Bread of Life” this week, I would like to reflect with you on Jesus’ phrase, “the one who feeds on me will have life because of me”.
 
It occurs to me to ask you how is your relationship with your neighbor and of course, also with God?  Is it a relationship based on friendship? I ask because we sometimes live so immersed in our social and work-related problems that our relationship with God can become very superficial and the way we act as Christians becomes  “compulsive voluntarism” and this is not a relationship based on friendship.  The more we know the Lord, the more we love Him and the more united we want to be to Him.  “Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus”, Phil 2:5, and that same attitude and relationship of friendship will transform the mind and the heart.
 
The Apostle Paul says:  “Do not be reckless of what the Lord wants”.  Phil 5:17.  What the Lord wants is that we be united to Him.  “The one who feeds on me will have life because of me”.
 
Pope Francis invites us to reflect on the meaning of eating His Body and living with Christ and our neighbors in a deep friendship.  The Pope says, “Ask yourself if your relationship with Christ in the Eucharist makes you interact well with other.  Do you see the face of Christ in the poor, the sick, and the abandoned elderly?  And when you see these neighbors in need do you remain in a superficial friendship that doesn’t “compromise” you with the Lord or with others?”. 
 
Ask yourself if that relationship of friendship with Christ in the Eucharist helps you to forgive and to be forgiven.  Remember that we are all sinners.  That is friendship.
 
Finally ask yourself if that relationship of friendship with the Lord in the Eucharist helps you to be consistent from the Liturgy to the life in our community.  The Eucharist is not a remembrance of Jesus.  “It is the work and the gift of Christ who is present and comes to meet us to feed us with His Word, His Body, His Blood, and His Eternal Life so that we can then work for Him”.