“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 6:54-56

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said,

“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.

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Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me,

and I in them.”

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– John 6:54-56 (NRSV)

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REFLECTION…

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In the same way as bodily food is necessary for our physical life,

Holy Communion is necessary for maintaining the life of the soul .

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The most important effect of the Blessed Eucharist

is intimate union with Jesus Christ.

The very word "communion" suggests sharing in the life of our Lord

and becoming one with Him;

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The Eucharist is the sacrament through which our union with Jesus is promoted more intensely,

for in it we receive not only grace

…but the very Author of grace.

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QUOTE…

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“But why should Jesus so ardently desire us to receive Him in Holy Communion?

It is because love always sighs for, and tends to a union with, the object beloved.

True friends wish to be united in such a manner as to become only one.

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The love of God for us being immense,

He destined us to possess Him not only in Heaven,

but also here below, by the most intimate union,

under the appearance of bread in the Eucharist.

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It is true we do not see Him;

but He beholds us, and is really present;

yes, He is present in order that we may possess Him

and He conceals Himself, that we may desire Him,

and until we reach our true homeland

Jesus Christ wishes in this way to be entirely ours,

and to be perfectly united to us."

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– St. Alphonsus Liguori

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PRAYER…

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O Lord, my God,

may I receive you
with open arms,
and a loving, contrite heart,
so that I may be filled with Your grace,
for my good and for Your glory! Amen.

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