Bread of Life

 this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. (john 6: 50)
The miracle of God’s physical presence to us at every Mass is the truest testament to Christ’s love for us and His desire for each of us to have a personal relationship with Him. Jesus Christ celebrated the first Mass with His disciples at the Last Supper, the night before He died. He commanded His disciples, “Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19). The celebration of the Mass then became the main form of worship in the early Church, as a reenactment of the Last Supper, as Christ had commanded. Each and every Mass since commemorates Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross through the Holy Eucharist. Because the Mass “re-presents” (makes present) the sacrifice on Calvary, Catholics all around the world join together to be made present in Christ’s timeless sacrifice for our sins. There is something fascinating about continuing to celebrate the same Mass—instituted by Christ and practiced by the early Church—with the whole community of Catholics around the world…and in heaven.


Why does the Catholic Church believe Christ is really present in the Eucharist?
The Catholic doctrine of the Real Presence is the belief that Jesus Christ is literally, not symbolically, present in the Holy Eucharist—body, blood, soul and divinity. Catholics believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist because Jesus tells us this is true in the Bible:

“I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh." The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ So Jesus said to them,

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him” - John 6:48-56
Furthermore, the early Church Fathers either imply or directly state that the bread and wine offered in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper is really the body and blood of Jesus Christ. In other words, the doctrine of the Real Presence that Catholics believe today was believed by the earliest Christians 2,000 years ago!

This miracle of God’s physical presence to us at every Mass is the truest testament to Christ’s love for us and His desire for each of us to have a personal relationship with Him.

Monday, July 26, 2010


Parable of the Good Samaritan if properly understood can challenge us to wake up from our spiritual slumber. It is also called as religious slumber.

What is this Spiritual or Religious slumber? See, in our spiritual life as the days go by we tend to fall into a state where we think religion or spirituality is nothing but
· saying our daily prayers regularly and devoutly
· And avoiding all sinful things like gossiping, lying, adultery, fornication, etc.

And we think we are doing pretty well in religion and spirituality. Nothing to confess and we have enough religion and spirituality. This was what the Jews, especially the Pharisees and scribes of Jesus’ time were thinking. For them practicing the rituals and prayers, and avoiding all those things that contaminate them was Religion.

Jesus wanted to wake them and us up from this slumber and say that religion is much more than saying prayers, doing rituals and avoiding sins. It is obeying the law of love which is within our heart. So he tells them this story. The story of a Good Samaritan.

The irony in the story is that a Samaritan who was considered as non-religious, because the Samaritans mixed themselves up with pagan and so they are religiously impure. A man belonging to this group is presented as the hero. Because even though he is ritually impure, he had a heart that goes out to the one who is suffering.

And the Priests and Levite, who were considered religious, as they followed all the rituals, were made as villains because they had no place for the one who is suffering because they are full of themselves in their heart.

They who prided themselves as more religious were made to be found lacking the essential thing in their spirituality. They by avoiding doing good to the neighbour in need were found to be committing the sin of omission. What is this sin of omission? Sin of omission is ‘avoiding doing-good.’ In other words it is not doing what you are supposed to do.

It is easy to escape from the sin of commission because it is not easy to commit sin. But omitting the things and responsibilities is something which is common, but not recognised as sin. This is what Jesus wants us to be aware of.

But the problem we often relate religion with religiosity, that is rituals and prayers. But religion is in actuality is about relationships; with God and with the neighbour. A person who has no place for neighbour in his religion has not understood it properly.
And on the day of Judgement, ‘Whatever you have done to the least of your brethren is what is counted.’ And if you cannot be a good neighbour to your fellow men, you cannot be a good child of God. Let us learn this today. Amen

Rev Fr. Bosco

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The LORD said to me: Go buy yourself a linen loincloth; wear it on your loins, but do not put it in water.

I bought the loincloth, as the LORD commanded, and put it on.

A second time the word of the LORD came to me thus: Take the loincloth which you bought and are wearing, and go now to the Parath; there hide it in a cleft of the rock.

Obedient to the LORD's command, I went to the Parath and buried the loincloth.

After a long interval, the LORD said to me: Go now to the Parath and fetch the loincloth which I told you to hide there.

Again I went to the Parath, sought out and took the loincloth from the place where I had hid it.

But it was rotted, good for nothing! Then the message came to me from the LORD:

Thus says the LORD: So also I will allow the pride of Judah to rot, the great pride of Jerusalem.

This wicked people who refuse to obey my words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts,
and follow strange gods to serve and adore them, shall be like this loincloth which is good for nothing.

For, as close as the loincloth clings to a man's loins, so had I made the whole house of Israel
and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the LORD; to be my people, my renown, my praise, my beauty.

But they did not listen. (Jeremiah 13:1-11)