Eating Flesh

Today’s Reading

When Moses heard the people, family after family,  crying at the entrance of their tents,so that the LORD became very angry, he was grieved.”

Moses’ response:

  1. “Why do you treat your servant so badly?” “Why are you so displeased with me
    that you burden me with all this people?
  2. Was it I who conceived all this people?   Or was it I who gave them birth,
  3. Where can I get meat to give to all this people? For they are crying to me,
    ‘Give us meat for our food.’
  4. I cannot carry all this people by myself,  for they are too heavy for me.If this is the way you will deal with me, then please do me the favor of killing me at once,
    so that I need no longer face this distress.”

The New Moses, Jesus had a different take on “all this people.”

When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns.

  1. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
    his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.
    (The disciples-“tell them to go and fend for themselves”)
  2. He said to them, “There is no need for them to go away;
    give them some food yourselves.”
    (But they said to him, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.”
  3. Jesus blesses the loaves and fishes and the new bread from heaven feeds the 5000.

Moses was no slouch when it came to praying for God’s people.  Moses prays for Miriam, his sister (Numbers 12:9-13); Moses prays down fire (Numbers 11:1-2).  How many of us can say they saw God and spoke: “to him face to face as a man speaks to a friend” (Exodus 24:9-17)?

What is the difference between Moses and Jesus?  

God sends Manna from heaven to feed the Israelites.  God breaks bread and feeds the 5000.

Jewish priests lifted up the Bread of the Presence and said to the people, “Behold, God’s love for you.”  (Babylonian Talmud, Menahoth 29a).  Today, God’s ministers lift up the bread of the presence and say, “Behold, God’s love for us.”

God’s love for the 7 billion people is without partiality.  His desire?  To offer manna from heaven to the 4% that lives in the United States and the 35% that lives in China and India.   Did you know the Jewish Rabbis believed there was manna coming down from heaven before Adam and Eve sinned?  They also believed that in the future, God would rain manna from heaven from his heavenly temple.  Did you know when Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Give us this day our daily (epi-ousias) bread,” He was referring to the supernatural bread that comes down from heaven?

And yet, as many as 2/3 of Catholics and most Protestants don’t believe in manna from heaven is for today!  That’s a long line of people who are going without the nourishment of heaven.   Jesus spelled it out in John 6 (compiled by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D. )
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  1. 6:26 – Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.”
  2. 6:32 – Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.”
  3. 6:47 – “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life.”
  4. 6:53 – So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; 54 he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

 Cancer and heart disease kill the human body.   Heart heartedness destroys our soul.  

A PRAYER OF SAINT JEROME FOR CHRIST’S MERCY

O Lord, show Your mercy to me and gladden my heart. I am like the man on the way to Jericho who was overtaken by robbers, wounded and left for dead. O Good Samaritan, come to my aid. I am like the sheep that went astray. O Good Shepherd, seek me out and bring me home in accord with Your will. Let me dwell in Your house all the days of my life and praise You for ever and ever with those who are there. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

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