10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No.110)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (6:52-59)
The Jews started arguing with one another: ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they said. Jesus replied:
‘I tell you most solemnly, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have life in you.
Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise him up on the last day.
For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him.
As I, who am sent by the living Father, myself draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will draw life from me.
This is the bread come down from heaven; not like the bread our ancestors ate: they are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will live forever.’
He taught this doctrine at Capernaum, in the synagogue.
Jesus does not shy away from proclaiming the truth about himself and the way to continue in relationship with the Father. Salvation and the truth of how we experience Jesus are inseparable.
Many people reject Jesus in the Gospel but he still offers himself and does not reject them. He shows that when he offers his body on the Cross and where he gives his flesh for the life of the world.
The world is called to accept the revelation of God in the broken body and blood of Jesus poured out for us.
Our commitment to the revelation of God in and through Jesus leads us to an eternal life that begins right now. We who eat the flesh of Jesus, and drink his blood, receive eternal life right now.
As we have received eternal life we are also called to join ourselves with Jesus and give ourselves in service, where our lives are poured out, for the salvation of the world.
5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.
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