Jn6:51-58 [20th Sunday in Ordinary Time]

19th August, 2012 Readings: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

So I’m going on exchange this semester. Away from all the comforts I know. Away from the friends and family I know. Truth be told, it scares me; scares me quite a bit.

And in this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus shares about the bread of life, and of life eternal. Upon reflection, I cannot help but wonder about His promise of “forever”. Will I truly “live” on exchange, away from the church community I love?

Yet Jesus says that whoever who eats His flesh and drinks His blood will have eternal life, and He will raise us up on the last day. Somehow, with this promise alone, I guess I am stepping into this unknown confidently. I know that even if I do struggle with the environment or loneliness, Jesus will come and save me at the last moment, even though I might not have noticed Him in my every day prior to that.

As such, I am happy to be of this church. I am glad to be able to receive Jesus while on exchange in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. So I will eat His bread and drink His cup, remaining in Him as He remains in me.

– Swee


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