Sunday, August 16, 2009


Caregivers are very much in demand nowadays, especially for babies, elderly people, and handicapped persons. But all of us, and not just these categories of care-needing people, are in need of “comprehensive care,” not just of food, clothing and shelter, but especially of acceptance, respect, affirmation, encouragement, and love. The one who is always ready and willing to satisfy all these needs is Jesus Christ, our greatest “Caregiver,” our Redeemer, and “Bread of Life.”

Our Sunday Eucharist is a privileged manifestation of Jesus’ immense love for us, as He makes himself our spiritual nourishment, the source of our wisdom and strength. It is also for us an opportunity to express our gratitude to him and to the Father for the most precious gift of the Eucharist.

Jesus said to the 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.”