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Blessing Not Abolished. Reflection for marriages John 6:52-59


My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink
From the Gospel according to John
Jn 6:52-59

The Jews started arguing with one another: ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they said. Jesus replied:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you will not have life in you.
Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood
has eternal life,
and I shall raise him up on the last day.
For my flesh is real food
and my blood is real drink.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood
lives in me
and I live in him.
As I, who am sent by the living Father,
myself draw life from the Father,
so whoever eats me will draw life from me.
This is the bread come down from heaven;
not like the bread our ancestors ate:
they are dead,
but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.’
He taught this doctrine at Capernaum, in the synagogue.

The Gospel of the Lord
Blessing Not Abolished.
God astonishes us by bestowing supernatural life upon us, offering His flesh, that flesh He receives from the Most Holy Virgin Mary. It seems a contradiction that He would give us the greatest supernatural good through something as human as flesh, in such a marital, conjugal way, through the gift of the flesh.

This is God, who takes on what is ours, elevates it, and makes it His own. Therefore, the gift of marriage is the only blessing that was not abolished either by the punishment of original sin or by the punishment of the flood. Because from this becoming one flesh would come our salvation.

What further mysteries might Marriage hold that we are still unable to discern?
Applied to Married Life:
Charles: Amelia, I want to live my dedication to you as God intends me to live it: as an offering to God. This is how the Lord lives it when He gives us His flesh, as a priest who offers his own sacrifice.
Amelia: And how can that be done? Because obviously, the way Christ surrendered on the cross and our conjugal surrender are not the same.
Charles: This is something supernatural, so it is not within my power. To begin with, by nourishing myself with the Eucharist, which is the Bread of Life allowing Christ to be in me and I in Him, then by praying before I surrender to ask the Spirit to be the one who works through me, and finally, by not seeking anything for myself in that act, just surrendering.
Amelia: The Lord transforms us into Him in each Eucharist, so I do not rule out that it might be possible. Let’s trust in Him.
Charles: Let’s trust in Him and distrust ourselves.
Your Son sanctifies us with the flesh you bestowed upon Him. Grant us also the grace to purify ourselves with our own. Praised be the only Priest.