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Twentieth Sunday - Year B

Sunday, 19 August, 2018
John 6:51-58

The Word of God this Sunday, the Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, continues our annual Eucharistic retreat and renewal at the feet of Jesus, as chapter six of the Gospel of John is proclaimed at Mass.

In today’s Gospel Jesus makes it very clear that his teaching on the miracle of the Eucharist is not to be reduced into a merely symbolic, metaphorical or poetic understanding.  With a heavy heart he allows many to leave him who are not humble or trustful enough to believe that the Holy Eucharist is really and truly his risen body and blood given so that we may share in God’s life, even in the here and now of our daily lives here on earth.

He does not water down his teaching to make it more palatable or less challenging. The humility, trust and love that comprise real faith is the true wisdom that allows us to access and unlock the power of the Eucharist.

This is the kind of wisdom that is praised in today’s first reading from the book of Proverbs.

The second reading from the letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians outlines the hallmarks of those who are drawing power from the Eucharistic Lord - their lives are noble, full of integrity and directed worshipfully towards glorifying God.

May our Sunday Eucharist shape our lives according to the perfect self-emptying love laid bare on the cross of Calvary and present again in power, really and truly, upon our altar at every Holy Mass.

- Fr. Conor Cunningham