The Gospel of the day (John 6, 14-27)

When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”

15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Jesus Walks on Water

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,[a] they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

I Am the Bread of Life

22 On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23 Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.

25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”

The food which remains for the eternal life

Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Comment at the Gospel of Saint John, the fourth book, Cap. 2, in Church Fathers and Writers (2000), vol. 41, pp. 412-413

„(…) Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in Me and I remain in him.

As someone mixes a wax with another and will surely see one in the other, in the same way I think the one who receives the Flesh of Christ, our Saviour and drinks His honored Blood, as He says it Himself, becomes one with Him, by mixing himself with Him and unifying himself with Him by the Holy Communion, as he is in Christ and Christ is in him. This is what Christ taught us in the Gospel of Saint Matthew saying:

 The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.. (Matthew13, 33).

Who is then the woman and what the meaning of the named measures is or what is in general the measure it will be explained at the right time. Now we will explain only what means the dough. As Saint Paul says it that a little dough leavens the whole flour, in the same way the smallest blessing mixes with our body and fills it with its effect and in this way Christ makes Himself present in us and we present in Him. Thus someone will be right to say that the dough is in the whole flour and the flour is present in the whole dough.


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