23 April 2021

Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Friday of the 3rd week of Easter, April 23, 2021

For this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles. Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Friday of the 3rd week of Easter, April 23, 2021. Reading is delivered by Felicia Husada and meditation ia delivered by Odiri Meggison, fron the Church of Saint Mary the Queen, in Blok Q Jakarta, Indonesia. Acts of the Apostles 9: 1-20; Rs psalm 117: 1.2; John 6: 52-59.


Our meditation today has the theme: Spiritual Food and Drink. When the Lord Jesus Christ explained that His body and blood to be consumed by those who believed in Him, a particular question maybe good to raise from our part in this way: of all those listeners, who was the first able to understand the meaning then proceeded to eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus Christ?

This question could be appropriate to represent the feelings of His listeners at that time. Upon listening the word from the mouth of Jesus, the Jewish people were disturbed and scandalized. Even the disciples were divided into those who accepted and those who rejected the teaching. They perceived that the content of that teaching was really hard to bear in mind and heart, because it led people to consume Jesus’s own body and blood. How could there be a sacred teaching to be cannibals or man-eaters?

However, this teaching actually has its spiritual point that people should stand for. Jesus actually wants to make Himself spiritual food and drink in order to generate spiritual growth for His followers and finally arrive at a spiritual achievement, namely the communion with God. The spiritual food and drink are the words of the Father, the teachings of Jesus Christ, and His act of offering Himself. When we consume it we certainly understand, believe, imitate, and live by it.

In today’s liturgical readings, there is a particular figure who took the path to consume this spiritual food and drink named Saul. Even though he was a genuine Jew, a very well educated in Judaism, and with his task of destroying the newly founded Christian Church, God had chosen him to be the instrument in the work of Salvation. Before becoming a true instrument of God, he was rebuked by God, then he realized the evil he did to the Church, and ultimately, he changed his life direction. Then he must eat the body and blood of Christ, which is the words and life of Jesus himself. The Spirit of God empowered him that led him to the baptisim in the Lord’s name and ordained to be a total new person sent to preach the Gospel. Part of all these changes was his name Saul became Paul and in later years to the present He is our outstanding and charismatic apostle.

This spiritual food and drink are always the food for many more people spread throughout the world. Being the followers of Christ today whether we as the community of People of God or we as individual Christian in every walk of life, we need to constantly believe that it is the body and blood of Christ that nourish and sustain us. Just imagine, for example, when you have not encountered God’s Word for a while and celebrated the holy Eucharist, you surely had feeling of loss and emptiness that caused certain trouble in your spiritual life. This is a sign that our faith really in constant need of the bread of the life from Jesus Christ.

Let’s pray. In the name of the Father … O God almighty, we give thanks to You for the bread of life that sustain our spiritual life. May Your Spirit always sanctify us. Glory to the Father … In the name of the Father …

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