Homily from the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B
Today’s Gospel begins one of the most important chapters of the Gospel of John: Chapter 6 which contains, as we just heard, the miracle of the feeding of 5,000. Which, of course, foreshadows the Last Supper. As we heard today, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to the 5,000. And in the weeks to come, we will continue to listen to Chapter 6 from the Gospel and John and hear what is known as Jesus’ Bread of Life discourse. In which he tells us clearly and without ambiguity that the bread he gives us in the Eucharist is not a symbolic representation of his Body, but in fact, his very Body and Blood.
We could say that Jesus gives himself to us under the form of bread and wine because it shows us how many grains are used to make one loaf and many grapes are used to fill one chalice. Likewise, we, the many, are made one through his Body and Blood.
We could say that Jesus gives himself to us under the form of grains of wheat and cluster of grapes that each must be crushed so that we may see his own crushing if you will, his Passion and Death, so that we might live.
If we look upon, or read, pornography, we become pornographic persons. We become what we gaze upon. We become what we receive.
If it becomes easier for us to find people who read “Fifty Shades of Grey” than it is to find people willing to look upon the Body of Christ in Adoration, we’re in a heap of trouble.
And the Lord tells us this not because we are bad, but because we are good and He wants to prune away those things which destroy our dignity as human beings created in His Divine image and likeness.