ROUGH CUTS| We do not live by bread alone

TODAY is Sunday June 18, 2017. It is also the third Sunday of the month and in the Liturgical and Sanctoral Calendar of the Catholic Church today is the Feast of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. The Psalm of the day is: Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

The 1st Reading is taken from Dt 8:2-3; 14b-16a. And it says:

Remember how Yahweh, your God, brought you through the desert for forty years. He humbled you, to test you and know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. He made you experience want, he made you experience hunger, but he gave you manna to eat which neither you nor your fathers had known, to show you that one does not live on bread alone, but also by everything that comes from the mouth of God.

Then do not let your heart become proud and do not forget Yahweh, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, the house of slavery. It is he who had led you across the great and terrible desert, full of fiery serpents and scorpions, an arid land where there is no water. But for you he made water gush forth from the hardest rock.

The 2nd Reading is from 1 Cor 10:16-17. It says:

The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a communion with the blood of Christ? And the bread that we break, is it not a communion with the body of Christ? The bread is one, and so we, though many, form one body, sharing the one bread.

And today’s Gospel is from Jn 5:51-58. And it says:

“I am the living bread from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever. The bread I shall give is my flesh, and I will give it to the life of the world.”

The Jews were arguing among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus replied, “Truly, I say to you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.

“My flesh is really food, and my blood is truly drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood, live in me, and I in them. Just as the Father, who is life, sent me, and I have life from the Father, so whoever eats me will have life from me. This is the bread from heaven; not like that of your ancestors, who eat and later died. Those who eat this bread will leave forever.”

Worth reading: The first reading recalls how God led the Israelites through the desert and provided for their needs. Paul invites us to link our Eucharistic fellowship with the memory of Christ. Jesus speaks of his body and blood as the food for the world.

Reflect. The first reading begins with the imperative, “Remember!” Without remembrance, our life is a mere collection of fragments of events that have no connectedness, significance, or relevance. Spiritual Alzheimer’s makes our hearts grow cold and proud. In remembrance, we re-member people and events into our lives and hearts find gratitude, love, and mercy. A good place to keep memory of God’s self-gift and interventions is the Eucharist. How “memory-filled” is our Eucharistic celebration?


Today the world over is celebrating “Fathers’ Day” in honor of all fathers who toil for their family. We congratulate them and wish them all the luck in their pursuit for bringing happiness to the members of their family. Happy Father’s Day!

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