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Lexilogio

The Eucharist

John 6.51-58

Jesus said to the Jews: "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."
The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" So Jesus said to them, "Very tryly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. THose who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever."



Todays Gospel reading.
But how do we interpret this? Is it enough to partake of the flesh and blood once? How often should we do this? Or is it more about drinking and eating his words?
Jim

Re: The Eucharist

AHA!
So, you were using the Lectionary as well?

Actually, for what it's worth, I don't think Jesus is referring to the Eucharist here. The events recorded seem to have happened as much as a year before the events of Holy Week.
I think we are to see "eating" here as consuming the totallity of Jesus; His message, His teaching, His offer of Grace, his essence - in other words, accepting Him into our lives, as a source of spiritual manna which transcends the temporal food and drink here.
Paul

This definitely an Eucharistic reference. When Christ died on the cross he poured out his life into the world. In the Eucharist we receive that same life, the very body and blood of our Lord.

As to how often we should receive holy communion, how much is enough? I think it's much like asking how long is a piece of string? Certainly there are some whom we venerate as having met their heavenly reward who only ever received holy communion once. If we are correctly disposed though and have confessed our sins then it's my opinion that we should receive holy communion regularly. The sacraments are medicine.
Ketty

Paul wrote:
If we are correctly disposed though and have confessed our sins then it's my opinion that we should receive holy communion regularly. The sacraments are medicine.


I couldn't agree more.
Leonard James

Ketty wrote:
Paul wrote:
If we are correctly disposed though and have confessed our sins then it's my opinion that we should receive holy communion regularly. The sacraments are medicine.


I couldn't agree more.

That makes the guys who administer them, medicine men!

I couldn't agree more!
Paul

Or more simply physicians.
Jim

Don't get me started on who should be allowed to administer the sacrament!
From my reading of Scripture, it doesn't confine this role to the guy(ess) with the dog collar!
Ketty

Jim wrote:

From my reading of Scripture, it doesn't confine this role to the guy(ess) with the dog collar!


I couldn't agree more.  
Leonard James

The Red Indians beat you to it!.
Lexilogio

I do agree. The sacrament does feel like medicine - badly needed.

I suspect Paul would stress the need for the sacrament to be properly blessed by someone ordained, but there is no reason why the distribution shouldn't by a lay person
Jim

I still maintain though, that, while the text quoted in the O/P can be used in communion services, I think that it is referring to far more than the sacrament.

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