My Dearest Brother and Sister in Christ, my Friend
‘WILL YOU ALSO GO AWAY?’
Today, I would like to spend a few moments with You Dear Friends, talking about the Holy Eucharist, about the Holy Mass, which is an essential for many of us left wondering about Jesus Christ, doubting in His real presence in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, or who don’t believe it is really Him; so it is so easy not to care for the Holy Mass; and to those who can’t imagine life without Him, who ask after the Apostles: ‘LORD, to whom shall we go?’
‘Jesus said; “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not be hungry, and he who believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). After these words, the audience realized that Jesus was talking about Himself as the bread of life. ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ [John 6:52].
Finally they understood that Christ did not follow their expectations and desires. They had seen a clear discrepancy between what they were looking for and what Jesus wanted to offer them. This long exchange of views revealed the difference in the view of the Messianic time.
Then came the appropriate moment of revelation of the whole truth about the Messiah, the mystery of the living Bread, the essence of the Eucharist. ‘Truly, truly I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day’ [John 6: 53-54].
But the masses did not seek the ‘eternal things’, they were there for the temporal and the worldly things. That is why Jesus’ speech seemed incomprehensible and unacceptable. Who can listen to such words? In their ears it was a barbaric speech. How can a man give his body to his neighbour for food and blood for a drink? It’s crazy.
If we forget that Jesus is the True God, who became True Man, then also all of His words and demands will be absurd, ridiculous, and crazy.
After the words of Jesus, ‘many of His disciples drew back and no longer walked with Him’ [John 6: 66]. But Jesus did not gather disciples by any means: for the price of compromises and half-truths and cheap promises. He did not call them back, and apologize for His words. He did not change His mind seeing how many are leaving…
The Eucharist is the place of the bonding of mortal life with eternal life, the love of God with human love. The Holy Mass connects ‘the Heaven with the earth, the affairs of God with human affairs’, as it is in the singing of the Easter Vigil Exultet. God in Jesus Christ is the Creator of all human reality, of this world and of eternity. The temporal bread and eternal life are the fruits of man’s labour and the grace of God.
The departure of many disciples, scandalized by the words of Jesus, becomes the moment of purification for those who remain with Him. Christ also tests the Twelve, the most faithful: ‘WILL YOU ALSO GO AWAY?’ [John 6:67b]. With these demanding words, which sound like provocation, Jesus emphasizes the importance of inner freedom in following Him and listening to His word.
On behalf of the Twelve Apostles, Peter expressed his full confidence: ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed, and have come to know that you are the Holy One of God’ [John 6: 68-69].
At Holy Mass, in the Eucharist we express our full trust in Jesus as He trusted His Father. Through the Eucharist, we express the desire that in our lives God alone would lead us, just as Jesus was led by the Father himself. By attending Mass, in the Eucharist, we confirm that He is our ONLY WAY, the only solution to our lives.
With love, friendship and prayers – Fr Marcin
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