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Food the Souls.

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PITIK-BULAG: Food the Souls.
 
One of the things that make foreigners smile when they think of the Filipinos is our love for food. Filipinos eat five times a day – breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two meriendas. The meal is so central in our culture that we find ourselves always gathering together to eat, with or without an occasion to celebrate. We are good at feeding our bodies, but not our souls.
 
When the Israelites left Egypt for the Promised Land, God fed them with manna – their daily food from heaven. But the Israelites were ungrateful. They complained a lot about the lack of tasty meals. Even though they were full, they remained hungry every day. They did not find total satisfaction with manna. But the worst is, they did not appreciate the Presence of God in their midst as they journey towards the promised land. Yet, we are not far from them, we are also ungrateful to God for the food we eat and the daily common grace we receive every day.
 
In our gospel today, Jesus is offering food for our souls through the Eucharist. Something that our spirits need daily, but we ignored it. Jesus said, ” “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 yourselves.” (John 6:53). Yes, we need our daily food for our body, but we need to be aware of feeding our souls too.
 
Ironically, we look forward to our next meal, wishing that our favorite food will be served. We let go of our diet program to enjoy our favorite chocolate, sweets, pizza, and ice cream. But that intensity of excitement is absent when we think of feeding our souls. We don’t look forward with great expectation of our next opportunity to receive the Holy Communion. We are not even worried of our failure to attend the Mass and receive Jesus. There’s the rub!
 
Do we really see the relevance of the Eucharist in our life? Our faith proclaims it is the highest form of worship, do you believe this? Do we have that longing to receive Jesus in the Eucharist? How frequently do you attend the Mass? Do you attend Mass without receiving the Holy Communion?
 
When our last days will come, we shall recognize the importance of the Eucharist in our life. I hope it will not be too late for us to appreciate and take advantage of the Eucharist, where Jesus is offering his body and blood for our hungry souls.
 
We should know our priorities in life. Let’s not forget our souls. It matters most.
 
– Pitik-Bulag
 
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April 23, 2021 – Friday
Gospel Reading: John 6: 52-59

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