I hope you were able during the last week to reach out to your grandparents and some elderly in a spirit of solidarity and joy. Maybe you were able to take some time to visit those who are living, or the graves of those who have returned to the Lord. Maybe it was just a time to tell stories and remembrances. May we always remember them on the 4th Sunday of July, which is close to the Feast of Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.
We continue reflecting on the 6th Chapter of John’s Gospel, the Bread of Life Discourse. Having had their fill of the multiplied bread and fish, they were looking for more of the same. Jesus, on the other hand was going to give them much more than that which only suffices until the next hunger pangs. He was preparing them for the food of everlasting life. God, the Father, had provided food for the Israelites as they journeyed through the desert. Jesus was going to provide the food that would be needed for eternal life. Jesus shares with them that He is the true bread come down from heaven. This is our communion with Jesus. No one of us would say that the Consecrated Host we receive at Holy Communion fills us to such an extent that we need to loosen our belts and we need to take a nap after such a meal. There is no denying though, that the reception of the Eucharist fills us with the truth of God’s presence in our lives and opens us up to share this gift of life with others. When we are loved, we see how much more we have to give to the other. The Eucharist is that gift of love the Father has for each of us and when we are filled with Jesus, there is no way to keep it to ourselves.
Let us take several moments this week to think of how the reception of Holy Communion has enabled us to reach out to friend and foe alike, and be, and see Christ in one another.