Our Gospel today (Jn 6:52-59) gives us the Eucharist and the gift of eternal life that comes with it. Jesus doesn't mix words, he is very clear, "I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood has eternal life." Jesus then affirms what we now refer to as the Real Presence in the Eucharist saying, "My flesh is true food, and my Blood is true drink."
There is the old saying, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder." May our absence from the Eucharist during the stay-at-home order in response to the pandemic, draw us closer to Jesus such that when we do return we will shout "Alleluia!" like the apostles did after Jesus' resurrection.
In the peace of Christ,
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