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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, August 19, 2018

The first reading tells us today about the true wisdom which consists in building life on God and to feed himself with His meal. The reading welcomes not only people of simple heart but also those “whom lacks understanding”. In the last case the holy author calls one to come to God’s party and draw from God’s source of the bread and wine: “Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed”. In the light of these words we can easily understand the meaning of Jesus proclamation in today’s Gospel in which He called Himself “the living bread that came down from heaven”. “Whoever, then, eats this bread will live forever”. It is His flesh given for the life of the world He speaks about. Of course, the Jews didn’t understand those words; this is why Jesus explains with more details and clarity. We know their meaning from the perspective of His salutary work and institution of the Eucharist: “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day”. Fed with this meal we should follow Jesus “as wise” men making the most of the opportunity, because of bad days we live now and always “try to understand what the will of the Lord is”. This is what St. Paul teaches us today. Strengthened with the heavenly meal of Jesus Christ let’s follow Him “as a wise” person on the way of love to gain an eternal wisdom.