(Part 35)


April 13, 2016

Today’s gospel:  John 6:35-40

The icon of mercy is Christ crucified. And we should be most aware of God’s mercy bestowed upon us by the sacrificial death of Jesus as we celebrate the Eucharist, which is a commemoration of that blessed event.

Now there are 7 corporal works of mercy. Two of those are to feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty. Now we normally would not think of ourselves as among the poor who do not have food or drink. But spiritually, we certainly are among those poor. How will we be fed? This is through and by the Eucharist, as we partake of the very body and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus said to his disciples and the crowd, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” (v.35).

What is the ultimate objective of God’s mercy? It is to bring us to salvation and ultimately to heaven. “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life” (v.40a). It is God’s will that we be saved. And so the Father made the greatest sacrificial act of offering His very own Son to die for us on the cross. If we meet, know, believe, accept and live Christ, then we will be saved.

It is not easy to live Christ. We need a strength that is beyond ourselves. The amazing thing is that God continues to offer Himself, through the Eucharist. We can partake of the very body and blood of Jesus. Thus we will never hunger nor thirst.

Go to the Eucharist often. Be reminded of God’s great mercy. Be sustained by Jesus. Be empowered by his Spirit. And be assured of salvation and heaven. Jesus then tells us, “and I shall raise him on the last day.” (v.40b).

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