20th Sunday in Ordinary TimeAugust 19, 2012
Theologian Ronald Knox observed, ‘That the vast majority of Jesus’ commands: to love one’s enemies, to turn the other cheek, to forgive 70 times, among others; have largely been unsuccessful in their imitation, but not the Eucharist. It seems Christians have known from the very beginning that the spiritual life depends on the Eucharist, the same way physical life depends on food and water.’
However, my concern is that, while we most certainly have this sense of remembrance, importance and dependence on the Eucharist, we have become rather casual in our approach to it. You could even say that because it is always there, we take it for granted. But I also think it is because we do not really understand what IT is.
So this Sunday, I would like us to head the words of our first reading from Proverbs and advance the way of understanding; and the words from our second reading to the Ephesians: not to continue in ignorance – so that we may understand precisely what Jesus means when he says ‘I am the living bread’
CLICK HERE for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58)