In today’s gospel from the 6th chapter of St. John, we hear these words: The Jews quarreled among themselves saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.”
While this great gift is called Holy Communion, it often becomes not a source of communion but of division, just like we heard in today’s gospel. We are so blessed to share in the divine presence of our God, and I often wonder why those of other faiths do not want the same. But alas, my faith is not shared by everyone, nor is our faith and beliefs shared by everyone.
What troubles me even more is that there are Catholics who either fail to appreciate this great gift or do not actually believe it themselves. Let us not condemn these brothers and sisters but instead make opportunities to pray for them. Let us also pray for priests who make the real presence of Jesus available through the celebration of the Mass. May our prayers help multiply our communion and minimize the divisions. Peace.