Gospel – John 6:41-51
The Jews murmured about Jesus because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven,” and they said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? Do we not know his father and mother? Then how can he say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Stop murmuring among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. It is written in the prophets: They shall all be taught by God. Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
1094 … Water from the rock was the figure of the spiritual gifts of Christ, and manna in the desert prefigured the Eucharist, “the true bread from heaven.”
1406 Jesus said: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;… he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and… abides in me, and I in him”
From “In Adoration” Testimony of Catalina Rivas (Prologue Pg. 4, Ch. III: 24, Ch. IX: 1)
Prologue Pg. 4) We Catholics believe that Christ is the Bread come down from Heaven, and with deep and authentic ecumenical love, we lament its sacramental absence among Christian churches of different denominations, but we scarcely understand that that Bread remained among us only “for it to be eaten.”
Saint Augustine said, “No one eats of this flesh without adoring it first […] we would sin if we did not adore it.” [Cf. Enarrationes in Psalmos (Narrations in Psalms) 98.9 CCLXXXIX 1385].
Ch. III: 24) “Those who truly feed themselves with My Body with a living faith, and are moved to practice charity towards their brothers and sisters, will enjoy eternal life since they will have arrived at the end of their lives, by yielding to a different way of life on earth…
Ch. IX: 1) How could we possibly live eternal life if we do not rise from the dead with Jesus? The Lord said, “Those who eat My flesh and drink My blood have life everlasting.” Today, this carries the same meaning: Those who eat the Bread of life today “live eternal life” and are risen from the dead in body and soul. This is a Mystery of Faith.
Each week we will be presenting a portion of the following Sunday’s readings and linking it to relevant parts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and messages from the Testimony of Catalina. Pay special attention to the italicized underlined sections. This Sunday it is asked, “What kind of soil will you be for the word of God?”
We hope this is inspiring and educational. Any comments you have are certainly welcomed. Tim Francis prepared this educational program to help you increase your faith and love for the Holy Trinity and our Blessed Mother. His website is http://YouShallBelieve.com
I have known Tim for many years and recommend his work highly. He is a strong advocate for the “The Real Body and Blood Of Jesus” and the numerous miracles that occur on a daily basis. Both of us are greatly inspired by the amazing writings of Catalina Rivas. Catalina is one of the few individuals in history who personally experienced the “Stigmata Of Jesus Christ.”