Monday of 3rd Week of Easter A

The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist for Eternal Life

A British professional wrestler, Thomas Moore, best known by his ring name Jack Dempsey, he could only sleep at 2:00 A.M. after he won the World Welterweight Championship the night before. He woke up after an hour of sleep because he lost his championship in his dream. Since he couldn’t sleep, he took a walk in downtown. He bought the papers to read to make sure that he won the championship to calm him down. After he read the papers, he had learned that championship was tasteless not like he used to think. After he won the championship, he still felt empty. One of his famous quote saying, “I was a pretty good fighter. But it was the writers who made me great.” Have you and I ever experienced something like Jack Dempsey? We use all our energies, our intelligence, our talents and skills, our disciplines and our everything to pursue a goal to be a doctor, an engineers, an architecture, a scientist, a governor, a mayor, or even a priest or a bishop, or whatever that we pursue for. At the end, have you and I ever experienced the emptiness within instead of the everlasting happiness?

In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds the Israelites and perhaps to each and every one of us saying, “Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” What is it food that endures for eternal life if it’s not the Holy Eucharist, the center of our Christian life? The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist that completes the Sacraments of Initiation in the teaching of the Catholic Church. Why is it the center of our Christian life if it’s not to bring us the eternal life? It was not the bread that they were fed that brought the Israelites the eternal life, but Jesus Christ himself offered his sacrificial self to feed us in the Holy Eucharist to bring us the eternal life. Have you and I believed in the Most Holy Eucharist? What have you and I received in the Eucharist, the bread or the Body of Christ, and the wine or the Blood of Christ? Why do we need to receive the Eucharist if it’s not, just like Jesus said, for the eternal life? Have you and I wanted to have the eternal life just like we often said about someone deceased before us saying that he or she is in a better place? What is that better place if it’s not the eternal life? The decision is yours.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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