Missionary Weekly Reflection
Sunday, 14 June 2020
The Solemnity Of The Most Holy Body And Blood Of Christ
Deu. 8:2-3,14b-16a; Ps. 147:12-13,14-15,19-20; 1Cor. 10:16-17; Joh. 6:51-58
Spontaneously, I always associate the Eucharist with the Last Supper, because I have been too much influenced by the synoptic evangelists (Matthew-Mark-Luke). John, the evangelist, has his own version. In John’s Last Supper version, Jesus did not invent the Eucharist, but announced the Love Commandment. He washed His Disciples foot as an illustration of Love. Unfortunately, only the Eucharist becomes a sacrament. There is no “sacrament of washing each other’s foot”. I am wondering: it might be due to this reason that the Eucharist and Economy (serving each other) are often “disconnected”?
It has been proven among Paul’s church in Corinth. The Lord’s Supper they held was not a sign of unity but instead it became a moment of difference. Some are hungry, some are over-eating. Some are thirsty, some are drunk. Paul emphasized that the Eucharist must be a symbol of unity, and promoting unity in the church. And the unity certainly involves helping and serving one another. Same table in the Eucharist must also mean same table in economy.
The supply of manna in the desert mentioned in the first reading, also confirms the same thing. All Israelites ate from the same menu. There was no distinction. They wandered together, ate together from the same menu, given by the same one GOD. Traveling in the desert is a school of faith, and also a school of solidarity!
Eucharist of John’s version can be found in chapter 6, like today’s Gospel reading. Jesus began and finished His advice by affirming Himself as “the Bread coming down from heaven ” (v. 51 and 58). Anyone who eats this bread will live forever. This frame embraces the main theme, where Jesus emphasized “eating my flesh” and “drinking my blood” (v. 53-57). The flesh and blood in these verses clearly refer to His suffering and death: His giving Himself on the cross. This is the highest proof of His service to the Father, for the salvation of mankind. By that way, Jesus becomes “the bread of life”: the bread that gives true and eternal life to all who believe in Him. Welcoming the holy Eucharist means that you and I believe that Jesus has become the true living bread /food for us through His service till His death on the cross.
Why did Jesus use such a realistic expression that His audiences regarded as a cannibalism (cf. v. 52)? John might wanted to answer the objections of people who less believed in the humanity of Jesus. Definitely, Jesus wants to emphasize that unity with Him is real and concrete, not only spiritual. It means He is truly present among the people who celebrate the Eucharist. He is present in real among us who believe. By this way, you and I receive the life from Him. The consequence must also be realistic and concrete: because our live comes from Him, so must our life live like Him too. A life that serves and “gives ourselves” to the end. The Eucharist must also mean serving one another and washing each other’s foot .
(Hortensio Mandaru – Indonesia Bible Society, Jakarta)
DAILY DEDICATED PRAYER
Lord, our Father, I present my today prayer, thought, word, work, joy and sorrow in the unity with Your Son, Jesus Christ, who always presents Himself in the Eucharist for the world salvation. May the Holy Spirit, as the soul of Jesus, also lead and give me the strength today so that I am ready to be the witness of Your love.
Together with St. Mary, Mother of Jesus and the Church, I specially present my prayer to our Pope and Indonesian Church prayer apostles of this month:
For Evangelization intention:
Taking the path of inner heart: May the suffering brothers and sisters be able to find a living path which can lead them to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We pray…
For Indonesian Churches intention:
For farmers: May the government and authorities have strong will to help and concern of the survival and welfare of the farmers. We pray…
We join with the Blessed Heart of Jesus in order to sincerely and truly seek the justice for all our people. We pray…