Some will be repulsed by his offer of himself as real food and drink. Others will believe, eat and have life because of him. “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord,” the Psalmist reminds us of the privilege that is ours if only we take the time to respond to God’s never-ending invitation.
In today’s Liturgical banquet, Lady Wisdom (Proverbs 9:1-6) serves good appetizers, delicious food and choice wine, to forsake foolishness and grow in understanding, and live the fullness of life. Wisdom is something more than simple knowledge.
St. Paul, the author of Ephesians, 5:15-20, adds more trimming by way of moral instruction. Wisdom is made known by action. Therefore, he says: “Don’t continue in ignorance but try to understand what is the will of the Lord… be filled with the Spirit. Pray, praise and thank God.”
Now the main menu is the ‘real food.’ The real food is the body and blood of Jesus Christ, which he himself gives. “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.”
Natural and supernatural are able to be united perfectly in the person of Jesus Christ. “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.”
Divine love demands great faith, and so we shouldn’t be surprised to encounter strong unbelief.
“We are in communion with the Church only in so far as we accept the whole and complete revelation of Jesus Christ, all the doctrine of the Church.” (Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller, head of the Congregation for the doctrine of he faith.)
Participation in this celebration unites the believer with Christ and leads to life eternal. “No one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.” So pray to the Father.