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My Flesh is Real Food; My Blood is Real Drink

August 20, 2006

Our Gospel for this weekend is the climax of Jesus’ Bread of Life Discourse from the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel. Given every opportunity to offer a symbolic interpretation of his words concerning his body and blood, Jesus intensifies the realism of his statement: “My flesh is real food; my blood is real drink.” All Catholics must wrestle, in season and out, with the implications of this claim.