Jesus Has the Words of Eternal Life

Daily Reflection –Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

Today’s Gospel passage (John 6:60-69) tells us that as many of Jesus’s disciples stopped following him because they struggled to understand and accept his ‘hard teaching’: “whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood will have eternal life”, Jesus, turned to his closest friends, the Apostles, and asked if they will also leave. To this question, Saint Peter made a powerful confession: “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

“Raising of Tabitha,” Giovanni Francesco Guercino

Raising of Tabitha Giovanni Francesco Guercino

Sometimes, we may face intense doubts, like the disciples who reacted to Jesus in today’s Gospel. But if we truly believe that Jesus Christ has the words of eternal life, commanding us to love God and our neighbor, and yes, to “eat his flesh and drink his blood” in the Eucharist, then we too, like Tabitha, in the First Reading (Acts 9:31-42), who was raised from death through St. Peter’s intercession, will experience the merciful power of God. St Luke the Evangelist and author of the Acts of the Apostles describes Tabitha as a generous woman who had demonstrated her great love of Christ through good deeds and almsgiving. At her death, her fellow Christians tenderly treated her body with great respect, as they wept and shared the good, she had done.

Let us pray for the grace to live more like Tabitha, doing good works out of the love of God and neighbor, that one day we may share in the promises of Christ “who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself,” (Philippians 3:21). AMEN.

Peace be with you!

Fr. Frank

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