Nineteenth Sunday Ordinary Time
August 8, 2021 •
It's either Jesus or it's not. It's either really and truly His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity , or it's not. ... If we believe this - if we truly believe it - then it will effect our decisions, and our actions, not only when we come to Church and to Mass, but especially when we receive Him in Holy Communion. ...
"Unless you eat My Body and drink My Blood, you have no life in you". That is a terrifying statement from our Lord. ...
Jesus, Who designed our physical bodies, our nature, designed our soul; and designed the needs which are the same for each. For the soul to maintain the divine life that it has received in Baptism, it must eat His Body and drink His Blood. Only the Holy Eucharist, worthily received, can sustain divine life in us. Nothing else can. That divine life dies without the Eucharist. ...
He may have given Himself as food to you, but in fact, it is He Who is consuming you. He is changing you by that process into Himself. He can do this precisely because of the Incarnation - because He became a man. This is why He had to enter into our nature, to take on human flesh. When Jesus became one with our human nature in the womb of the Virgin Mary, when He united His Divine nature with our human nature, He created something new. The union of God and man.
When we become one with the Body of Christ, our same body is also, for the rest of eternity, bonded to the Divinity. We become bonded to the Divine as well. Our human nature now shares and participates in the Divine nature of Jesus Christ Who is God.
That's the life that we receive in Holy Communion. All because Jesus is really and truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.
Take a moment and think about this. If I really believe in these truths of the faith, how should I act? What should my behavior be, not only in His presence, but even when I am out in the world?
When I have a need, where should I want to go for help?
When I'm struggling, Who can give me strength?
When I'm afraid, Who can calm me?
1 Kgs 19:4-8; Ps 34:2-9; Eph 4:30--5:2; Jn 6:41-51
Homily begins at 20:02