Friday of the Third Week of Easter
It is sad that so many people still miss it… miss what? They miss Mass, and by that they miss the Eucharist. Not too long ago, our churches were packed with people on Easter day, only to be half empty again a week later. There are some who come to Mass only for family celebrations or big holidays. They don’t receive the Eucharist regularly, and so they miss out on a great opportunity. It is like our physical body which need to be nurtured in order to live and stay healthy. So also with our spirit – it too needs to be nourished with Jesus’ body and blood, otherwise it will simply die. Jesus reminds us today again: “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.” We need to be thankful that the Eucharist is available for us. There are places in this world where Catholics have no access to the body or blood of Christ. We need to be thankful for the privilege of having easy access to the Eucharist and other sacraments, and take advantage of them.