Eating Jesus (Jn 6:57-6:57)

“Just as the living Father

Sent me,

I live

Because of the Father.

Thus,

Whoever eats me

Will also live

Because of me.”

καθὼς ἀπέστειλέν με ὁ ζῶν Πατὴρ κἀγὼ ζῶ διὰ τὸν Πατέρα, καὶ ὁ τρώγων με κἀκεῖνος ζήσει δι’ ἐμέ.

John uniquely had Jesus repeat himself once again.  Jesus said that just as the living Father (ὁ ζῶν Πατὴρ) had sent him (καθὼς ἀπέστειλέν με), he lived (κἀγὼ ζῶ) because of the Father (διὰ τὸν Πατέρα).  Thus, anyone who would eat him (καὶ ὁ τρώγων με) would also live (κἀκεῖνος ζήσει) because of Jesus (δι’ ἐμέ).  The living Father had sent Jesus.  Jesus sustained his life because of the Father.  Thus, those who partake in his eucharistic meal by eating him with the blessed bread would live, because of Jesus.  Do you believe that you will have an eternal graced life because you receive or eat the body of Jesus?

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