I find these verses to be some of the most powerful in explaining Catholicism. They come straight from every bible and it clearly states that he who eats Jesus’s flesh and drinks his blood will live in him. I understand that everyone interprets the Bible differently because we are all different, and maybe lack of understanding makes many skip over these verses but I find them to be very strong in what Christianity was originally rooted in when Jesus founded the Church.
The church is based on scripture and the sacred traditions that Jesus put into place. I know many people don’t like the people in the Catholic church, and I completely understand that. But I also recognize that its a reflection that we are all human and no one is perfect. That we all sin and we all mess up. No one is more important than the next person and you should never hold someone to a higher standard just because they are Catholic. Instead, we should acknowledge that the bad Catholics don’t represent all of us. Many Catholics want unity and acceptance among everyone and I feel like the only way that is possible is through the Eucharist. When we receive the Eucharist we become more like Christ and if everyone in this world became more like Christ and loved everyone unconditionally like we are commanded to do, the world would be a better place. Catholic means universal and if we put Jesus back into this world by receiving him, the world would change tremendously. Be the change you want to see in this world, receive Jesus, and live like Jesus.
”53Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.“
At mass when the bread and wine are consecrated by a priest into the body and blood of Christ, they become Jesus. The flesh and blood. You have no life within you unless you partake in the body and blood. You can’t receive the Eucharist until you make your first communion, which I find that it even further signifies how important the Eucharist truly is. We can’t receive Jesus until we are taught and understand what it truly means to be receiving him.
54Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.“
The easiest way to get to heaven is through the seven sacraments of the church. I am using the term “easy” very lightly because getting to heaven is the hardest thing you will ever do. I am not saying the seven sacraments are the only way to get to heaven because you don’t have to be Catholic to go to heaven, and not all Catholics go to heaven but they are just very useful tools that help you in achieving heaven. All the sacraments are bound around the Eucharist. Not only the sacraments but the mass is based around the Eucharist, which reinforces that there is nothing more important than the body and blood of Christ. Our faith is rooted in the Eucharist, without it Catholicism doesn’t make any sense.
55For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.”
TRUE. No food is more true than that of the body and blood of our Savior. Nothing will ever satisfy our hunger and thirst more than that of Jesus. Jesus is the only one who can satisfy. Nothing on this Earth leads to satisfaction. You can search forever but each time you will be left more and more broken. True happiness can only be found in God and in heaven. True happiness comes in the Eucharist the closest thing on this Earth to a glimpse into heaven.
“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies.” -Saint John Paul II
56Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.“
This verse makes me so excited, it reinforces what I know as a Catholic. It backs the Catholic Church in so many ways. When we receive the Eucharist we become more like Christ. Unlike every other food, it consumes us. There is no greater privilege than being able to receive the body and blood of Christ. There is no greater goal in life than that to become more like Christ. Nothing will bring more satisfaction than Jesus himself.
57Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me"
Jesus has life because God sent him to this world, just like God has created us and gave us life. Our goal in life should be heaven. Each day we should wake up and live for the ultimate goal, becoming saints. We all have the resources to become saints we just have to strive for it each and every day. But there was no possibility for us to get to heaven until Jesus came down and died for our sins. Because of all Jesus did, we can live. So when we receive him we become more like him. He gave it all for us and a way that we recognize that is through the Eucharist.
My Questions for Non Catholic/ Christians
So I have been really curious about this topic and would really love someone to help me in understanding how these verses were taught to you and how your faith interprets them.
Comment your answers and questions I would love to have conversation!
Does your denomination teach/ talk about John 6:53-57?
How do you interpret it?
What do you think of the Eucharist from an outside prospective?
Is there anything else you would like to learn about Catholicism that confuses you?
What is something you would like to share with me about your denomination that differs?