Dear Brothers and Sisters,
“My Lord and my God” exclaimed the apostle Thomas when he finally touched Jesus Himself. Thomas found it difficult to believe in the Resurrection. For many today, to believe that Jesus is God is difficult.
To believe that we eat His flesh and drink His blood is practically impossible. Yet, God is with us! God is present in our lives daily. God seeks us each, personally and individually, so that we can share His life.
The first reading today is from the Book of Deuteronomy and speaks of the testing of the people who fled Egypt with Moses and who form the Chosen People. The reading is clear: God lead them into the desert to test them by affliction and to find out whether or not it was their intention to keep the commandments of God.
You and I are taken into the desert in our own time and we are tested. Faith is a serious commitment. Faith in this God of our ancestors, the God of Moses, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, the God of the early apostles and followers of Jesus—this is a strong faith The challenge to each of us today is the same: are you willing to obey this God and to do His will.

This faith is expressed in the First Letter to the Corinthians, from which is taken our second reading today: we are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. We are one in Christ Jesus! This faith should unite us and make possible our love for every other person in the world. It is all of us who form one body.

The Gospel from John today speaks clearly also: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.”
We Christians can be honest today: …..we are invited to believe that Jesus is God.

….We are invited to believe that God is Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
….We are invited to believe that Jesus has given Himself to us as flesh and blood to eat and drink.
….We are invited to believe that this flesh and blood are given to us in the Holy Mass.
….We are invited to believe that God Himself will transform us if we believe in Him and try to do His will.

Father Jesus