19th Sunday of the Year (B) 2018

Todays Gospel reading from John begins at verse 41.
But if we go back to verse 40 we read ; ‘This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.’
This statement of Jesus is very direct and very clear. I, and all of you, who believe in Jesus of Nazareth will be raised up into Eternal Life on the last day, be that the day of our death or at some later date.
By Eternal Life is meant here not life as we know it going on for ever and ever (how boring that would be) but a sharing in the very life and existence of the Holy Trinity. What this is like is totally beyond our ken just as our life on earth is totally beyond the ken of a child in the womb.
Then we read; ‘The Jews murmured about him because he said, I am the bread that came down from heaven.’
Was Jesus not the son of Joseph from Nazareth? How could he say I am the bread that came down from heaven?
But he reiterated. ’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 Eucharist, which we are gathered here now to celebrate, is what Jesus was talking about.
The Eucharist; the bread that come down from heaven, is our guarantee of, out title deed to, Resurrection from death and sharing in the Eternal life of God.
Surely this Good News is worthy of rejoicing. Surely it demands an outpouring of gratitude from us.
Let us sit for a few moments and contemplate this great gift.