He Really Is There!

Jesus said to the Jewish crowds:
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world."

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
"How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" 
Jesus said to them,
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you. 
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day. 
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink. 
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him. 
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me. 
This is the bread that came down from heaven. 
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever." John 6:51-58

Can you even imagine this conversation?  There was probably more of, "Is he crazy?" and  "I'm not eating THAT!"  The Jews at that time didn't understand and sadly, as Catholics we STILL don't understand.
Mother Teresa had a few things to say about it:
  • "Perpetual adoration with exposition needs a great push."
  • "Jesus has made Himself the Bread of Life to give us life. Night and day, He is there.  If you really want to grow in love, come back to the Eucharist, come back to that Adoration."
  • "Our lives must be woven around the Eucharist...fix your eyes on Him Who is the light; bring your hearts close to His Divine Heart; ask Him to grant you the grace of knowing Him, the love of loving Him, the courage to serve Him. Seek Him fervently."
  • "Through Mary the cause of our joy you discover that no where on earth are you more welcomed, no where on earth are you more loved, than by Jesus, living and truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament...  He is really there in Person waiting just for you."
  • "We cannot separate our lives from the Eucharist; the moment we do, something breaks.  People ask, 'Where do the sisters get the joy and energy to do what they are doing?'  The Eucharist involves more than just receiving; it also involves satisfying the hunger of Christ. He says, ' Come to Me.' He is hungry for souls."
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