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by Fr Doug Harris 2021
Immediately before today’s Gospel passage in John 6: 51-58 Jesus said, at least 7 times: “Eat My Flesh, drink My Blood.”
For example: “Unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood you cannot have life within you.” “He who eats My flesh and drinks My Blood has life everlasting and I will raise him up on the last day.” “For My Flesh is real food and My Blood is real drink.” He repeated Himself at least 7 times to make His point very clear.
Today’s Gospel begins with the Jewish people responding to Jesus’ words. Verse 60 reads: “After hearing His doctrine many of the followers of Jesus said: ‘This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?’” and in chapter 6, verse 66 – the only verse ‘666’ in the entire Bible, we read: “After this many of His disciples left Him and stopped going with him.” Chapter 6, verse 66 is called the ‘turning point verse.’ The number 666 of course is the number for ‘old hairy legs,’ and as soon as Jesus finishes His talk on the Eucharist we read, chapter 7, verse 1: “The Jews sought to kill Him.”
Immediately before Our Lord spoke about the Eucharist the Jews wanted to make Him king – after He spoke about the Eucharist the Jews wanted to kill Him. This is because Satan is not happy about the Eucharist (of course the Eucharist is Jesus). The more we receive Jesus in Holy Communion; the more Satan is rendered powerless.
Betty Brennan, an ex-high witch, now a devout Catholic, said: “Satan is ‘frightened’ of those who receive Holy Communion frequently.” She said, ‘Satan runs from those who receive Holy Communion daily, as we would run from being hit by an atomic bomb.”
In 1862 a great saint named John Bosco (probably the greatest miracle worker of the 19th century) was given a remarkable vision. He saw a ship and standing on its helm he saw a Pope dressed in white. The Pope was navigating his ship towards two large pillars or columns which stood in the middle of the sea. Standing on one pillar was Our Blessed Mother and on the other was a large Eucharistic Host. The Pope’s ship was being bombed by smaller ships to prevent it from reaching the two pillars. One Pope was killed but soon after a new Pope took his place. This Pope was successful in reaching the two pillars and anchoring his ship to both pillars. Immediately a great peace came on the world.
When the Church is consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Our Mother and the Eucharistic Heart of Our Lord the world will experience a ‘new era of peace.’
Pope St John Paul II wrote an encyclical in 2003 called ‘The Church of the Eucharist’ (Ecclesia de Eucharistica) where he invites every person to devote themselves to the Eucharist because, the Pope says: “The Church draws life from the Eucharist.” The Pope says: “For the most Holy Eucharist contains the church’s entire spiritual wealth: Christ Himself… consequently the gaze of the church is ‘constantly’ turned to her Lord, present in the Sacrament of the Altar, in which she discovers the full manifestation of His boundless love.”
Ven Conchita of Mexico is a wife and mother of 9, (died in 1937). She says if we really knew who Jesus in the Eucharist is, we should find it almost impossible to desire anything else.
She wrote: ‘O my Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. My first thought on waking is of You, and my last thought, before closing my eyes in sleep, is of the consecrated Host. Also, it is not only on these two occasions that I think of You, my adorable Jesus, but at every beating of my heart I look for You; at every breath and at every pulsation of my heart I ardently long for You and offer to You my love and my life! The Tabernacle is my treasure and, far or near, my eyes never lose sight of it, for it contains the God of Love. I dream of You my Jesus in the sacrament of Your love, and You are the joy of my heart. How can I forget Him who is the ‘sole’ object of my thoughts, the King of my mind and of my heart? Grant me ever this grace, Lord of my life, to think of You so often that I cannot even live or breathe if I forget You for a single moment.
St Padre Pio, who died in Italy in 1968 wrote about his devotion to the Eucharist: “My heart feels as if it were being drawn by a superior force each morning just before uniting with Him in the Blessed Sacrament. I have such a thirst and hunger before receiving Him that it’s a wonder I don’t die of anxiety. When Mass ended, I remained with Jesus to render Him thanks. My thirst and hunger do not diminish after I have received Him in the Blessed Sacrament, but rather, increase steadily. Oh, how sweet was the conversation I held with Paradise this morning. The heart of Jesus and my own, if you will pardon my expression, fused. There were no longer two hearts beating but only one.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that the Eucharist gives us a foretaste of the life in heaven.
“O sacred banquet in which Christ is received as food; a pledge of the life to come is given to us.” (CCC 1402)