Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

June 26, 2011

John Roller

Junior, Theology Major

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Dt 8:2-3, 14b-16a
Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
1 Cor 10:16-17
Jn 6:51-58

"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." -John 6:55-56

Wow!  The passages today are filled with powerful material.  From Paul’s explanation of the Body of Christ to Jesus’ teaching on the Eucharist, we are presented with many ideas and mysteries that are central to our faith.  It would be quite easy to spend hours discussing and considering these readings, but I would like to focus on one question that stayed with me as I reflected on the passages: What does it mean to receive Jesus in our lives?

In the Gospel, Jesus calls us to fully receive him by proclaiming that we must eat his flesh and drink his blood.  As I read this section, there was a part of me that kept asking, “What should I do to follow Jesus’ call?”  My focus was placed on my own actions as I considered Jesus’ words, and I think that was the cause for my confusion.  We must realize that to receive Christ is to allow him to act first.  Therefore, we must be willing to trust Christ and open ourselves to receiving the gifts he provides.  This is much easier said than done because this trust calls us to surrender control of our lives to God.  We have a constant desire to be in control of our lives in order to protect ourselves, but we must recognize that Christ has no room to enter into our lives if we do not release this control.  Therefore, we should ask ourselves, “Where is Christ trying to act in my life?”

Paul provides a great answer to this question in the second reading as he explains that all people help form the Body of Christ.  His words help show that Christ presents himself in those around us, and we have the great opportunity to receive him by recognizing his presence in others. Therefore, let us pray for the openness to see Christ in everyone we meet and for the courage to let Christ act first in our lives.   

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