Weekend of August 15-16, 2009-Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Proverbs 9:1-6                                        Ephesians 5:15-20                                         John 6:51-58 In the first reading Proverbs personifies wisdom as a grand lady, inviting people to a banquet that will help them advance in understanding.  The second reading exhorts Christians to act wisely, in obedience to God’s will.  In the Gospel, Jesus says he is living bread come down from heaven.  His followers are to eat his flesh and drink his blood so they can live in him.

The Eucharist is the heart and summit of the Church’s life (CCC 1407).  It pours out the graces of salvation upon the Church, and unites its members more closely to Christ and to one another.  Moreover, if we are properly disposed, the Eucharist brings us closer to Jesus, strengthens our faith, helps us grow in love and gives us a foretaste of heaven.