Life Is Full Of Mysteries

Lost and Found

“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission. www.GregOlsen.com

Gospel – 6/14-20 – John 6:51-58

Jesus said to the Jewish crowds:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world.”


The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, 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,
and I will raise him on the last day.
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.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

I am reminded today, it is difficult to understand the belief in the Body and Blood of Christ, as Catholics believe.

I don’t have the issues that others do, with the struggle to believe – it’s a Mystery.

My best explanation to anyone is to refer to a friend of mine, Deacon Fred Dinges. Deacon Fred was a Navy Medic attached to the Marines in Vietnam. He became a “Marine” by the blood they spilled together.

Marines went out into some very difficult circumstances – never knowing if they’d come back. So, they lived hard when not on mission. Deacon Fred would admit to doing things he wouldn’t do today. He was a hell raiser.

Today, he is a very spiritual man. He leads people to a relationship with Christ, not a rough and tumble experience in rough neighborhoods doing unsavory things. He has been a mentor for me.

The thing is, if you knew Fred Dinges – the Marine “Doc” – in those days and knew him now – he looks the same, he feels the same, but it’s what he’s become that is so much more.

The bread and wine Jesus used at the Last Supper, what Catholics use at The Eucharist, tastes like bread and wine. But at the Consecration in the Mass, they become the Body and Blood of Jesus – they’ve become so much more. Still, they keep their form, like Deacon Fred, but have they aren’t what they were – they are more.

Jesus said, “TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT, FOR THIS IS MY BODY, WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.” It is His body. Not “like” His body, but through transubstanciación it has become His flesh.

Then, the wine, “TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT, FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD, THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT, WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.”

For Jesus, again and again, words mean things. He doesn’t say that this become “like” my body, “like”my blood – He says it is.

It’s hard to understand, I know, it’s a Mystery of Faith.

But Faith itself isn’t proven – dare we say, life is full of mysteries?

At least that’s what I heard Him say…

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