18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Do not work for food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal. It is not Moses who gave you bread from heaven but it is my Father who gave you bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world (John 6: 27, 32).
There is food that endures to eternal life. The Son of Man gives it to us. For it is he whom God the Father has sealed. Moses did not provide bread from heaven. It is the Father who gave you bread from heaven. Jesus is that bread of life. Whoever comes to him will never be hungry, and whoever believes in him will never be thirsty.
Saint Thomas Aquinas underscored that the Eucharist is food, but food from heaven. It is the presence of Jesus Christ body and blood, divinity, and humanity to nourish our souls with the very life of Jesus Christ. He lives in us, and we live in him. This is communion. We become one body, one church; we are Christians who live because the Father has sealed us with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him as truth is in Jesus. You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:21-24).
Let Us Pray:
It was to serve as an unending remembrance of his passion, as the fulfillment of ancient types — this the greatest of his miracles. To those who sorrow over his departure, he has given a unique solace (Saint Thomas Aquinas).
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