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The Homily of Bethany: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 19, 2012
1. – “I am the living bread which came down from heaven”
For Antonio Garcia Moreno
A. – WISDOM OF GOD. – The wisdom of God, the infinite knowledge that are involved in the secrets of the worlds without end. Wisdom of God, shadowless light. “It is a spirit intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, agile, sharp, uncontaminated, clear, unemotional, lover of good, sharp, uncontrollable, charitable, loving men, stable, strong, carefree, all-powerful , all monitors, enters all the intelligent spirits, cigars, fine … “.
And that infinite wisdom, infinite, has built a home set on seven pillars, an abode where peace, joy, joy without end … How stupid are we to understand the things of divine wisdom, how little we penetrate the meaning of that home, we sense how little of that greatness. Lord, give us some light to see what that home is. Broken a bit this thick veil that covers our eyes, open our deep night a glimmer of that eternal light.
Wisdom of God, as we did as we are, we built this world and wide, this universe of distances without measures, indecipherable mysteries. Wisdom that penetrates intimately known to us deep inside. She knows what fills us, what fills this vague longing that grips our hunger and thirst, we do not know sometimes why.
And invites us, we who so little deserved his favorite: “Come and eat my bread and drink the wine I have mixed …” A feast never seen, never thought … In the Old Testament covenant with God culminated in a feast with the meat of slaughtered animals.
In the New Covenant, by a jump unheard of Wisdom of God, we offer a new sacrifice, the sacrifice of the Immaculate Lamb, the only Son of God. The Word of Wisdom, the Eternal Son poured their blood on Calvary. And his flesh, with his blood, is the mystery of faith, the Bread which came down from heaven, the spiritual drink. Bread of life that is offered again in the Eucharist, so bloodless repeating the holy sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. Mass sacrificial meal that is eaten sacramentally, Christ’s flesh, drink his blood, you receive the very life of God, life that lasts forever … Food fellowship with Jesus Christ, carrying the greatest intimacy between heaven and earth, affectionate and loving union between God and man.
2. – THE LIVING BREAD. – The words of Jesus are clear and compelling: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven.” The Jews are surprised by this statement, refuse to believe in the Lord that repeats over and over again that his flesh is true food and his blood real drink. But the Israelites did not understand what Jesus was saying, because they had faith in him, despite the miracle that had just performed before them.
Today we know that food and drink that we take on a sacramental and mystical. This does not mean they do not really take the Body of Christ, because in the Eucharist contains Jesus Christ in His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. Anyway, now as then, to adopt an attitude of faith, if you really want to accept the doctrine of the Eucharist. Only then, by faith, we can get closer to the mystery and capture somehow the greatness that we have in our tabernacles, Jesus himself.
Another idea for Teacher repeats in this passage is that those who eat his flesh and drink his blood has eternal life, that is, live forever. This food spread, therefore, a new life, which death can not ever win. A life without boundaries of time, a life forever young, single life, the very life of God.
Coming to Communion is close to eternity, is to move from one level to a very different field, moving to an atmosphere of lightness and joy. Communion, in short, is intimately united with God, to penetrate the mystery of his glorious life and enjoy, in a sense, the singular joy of the blessed in heaven.
The Lord says explicitly on this occasion: “As the living Father sent me and I live by the Father, even so, he who eats me will live because of me.” Thus, just as Jesus is united with the Father, and who participates in the Eucharist live with the Lord. The communicant with appropriate conditions, free from mortal sin, comes to the grand and mystical union with God the soul goes back to the top of the greatest love, that blissful state in which man is identified, without being confused with the same God and Lord.
2. – FOOD GIVES ETERNAL LIFE
By James Martin OSA
A. – An offer true The book of Proverbs uses the language to describe relationships wisdom. Relationships are more than a metaphor, are the source of wisdom. And our relationship with God and brothers help us live and enjoy the true wisdom. In our world we find a wide range of deals that sell happiness, but to keep people from a live authentic: climb as the expense of whatever, desire for possessions, for prestige, power, escape from which is effort, risk, pain, individualistic pursuit of happiness … Another way, much more human, open to us as a possibility to find the meaning of life: learning to peacefully discern what is good, just and honest, attention and care in dealing with others and with creation, the austerity happy in the use of property, the cultivation of the free and the gift, the proximity of solidarity to others’ pain, the effort to assist others in building a more fraternal world, trust in God’s plan for their children …
2. – An invitation worth accepting. Wisdom invites humans to feast you have prepared, “Come and eat my bread and drink the wine I have mixed.” Give life to those who follow the path of prudence and good sense. Psalm 33 invites us to enjoy God Himself: “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.” We accept the invitation of wisdom to sit on the banquet table that has set in anticipation of the messianic banquet?
3. – Other offers of happiness. Discern “what the Lord wants,” is the call that resonates in the Epistle of Paul. Paul exhorts us to live our faith in community. Discernment involves intuition to distinguish what is in the harmony of God and the kingdom, to discover what leads to life for all and life in abundance, to scan where we can sense the presence of God in us and the world .
. 4 – The feast of the Christian community. Jesus continues speaking of the bread of life, after the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. The food of the Eucharist is the center of the Christian community. The body and blood of Christ are the spiritual food that the believer needs to stand up, to follow the Lord and live salvation. In this communion, the union is so strong, so deep and profound that Jesus says that the believer “dwells in me and I in him” and “live by me.” Dwell in the Son of participating fully in your life, take your project, follow. The early Christians understood the fourth petition of the Our Father as a request of the Eucharist. Like us, the early Christians prayed the Lord’s Prayer before Communion. They realized that the true daily bread is the Eucharist, the Body of Jesus. The multiplication of the loaves sees an even greater miracle: the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ offered to us. It is when we come to the Eucharist when we receive the deeper answer to our prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread.” The believer can never do the search for the will of God alone but accompanied by him and by brothers and sisters who walk the path, who share their faith and hope in today’s world history and of the Church.
3. – “Look carefully how you walk.”
By Pedro Juan Diaz
A. – We follow around with the “Bread of Life.” The Gospel has stressed this idea strongly in recent weeks. But today I was struck by the Letter to the Ephesians. Because it seems to have been written for us. That is the force that has the word of God, who is alive today, here and now. “Look carefully how you walk …” says the letter, “… because they are bad days.” It is clear that the days we are living are not very good, at least for most people walking out of work and “The Drowning”. What to do in these times? Continue reading: “Realize what the Lord wants.” How to realize what the Lord wants us to do these days?
2. – This is where it should look at the first reading. The book of Proverbs personifies wisdom and says it has prepared a feast and invited all who want to go, “Come eat of my bread and drink the wine I have mixed; inexperience and let live, follow the path of prudence. ” This reference to the bread and wine reminds us of the Eucharist and Jesus. Therefore, the wisdom that is offered to the world is Jesus, the “Bread of Life.”
3. – Approaching Jesus and eat their “bread” is necessary to strengthen our faith and our inside, as is necessary to eat every day to strengthen our outer body. Following Jesus is not a matter only of our own strength, but also a changed heart, a strong inside, and great faith that invites us to give thanks always for all we receive from him and through his body and Blood in the Eucharist we receive, it is always with us, because we are not left alone because he is aware of our comings and goings, so many things …
4. – This is food that Jesus will give us the wisdom needed to discern what the Lord wants from us and the Church in these difficult days we live. And again: “He who eats this bread will live forever.” The great reward that Jesus gives us is a life with him forever, which does not have bad days, but we can live fully the project of happiness and brotherhood that God wills for all people.
5. – Jesus wanted something very human to transform into something divine. The bread and wine, human food needs, has become his Body and Blood, divine food is also required. He himself has made food and drink for each of us, for our walk in life. So it will be important to notice if our way of being Christian and act in the world matches the style of life that Jesus offers us in the Gospel, and we can not get without this food, which is his Body and his Blood, and we given in the Eucharist.
6. – Is not welcome no more, but that our hearts are transformed into each communion and that leads us to act in ways that we respond to our world from the Gospel. If we eat, can not live. If you do not receive Jesus, we can not be Christians who need our world and our society. May we live every Eucharist as an intimate and personal encounter with Jesus and at the same time, as a fraternal and community meeting with the brothers, to respond to what God wants and asks of us.