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LOVE bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back,
     Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
     From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning 
   If I lack’d anything.

‘A guest,’ I answer’d, ‘worthy to be here:’
   Love said, ‘You shall be he.’
‘I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,
    I cannot look on Thee.’ 
Love took my hand and smiling did reply,
   ‘Who made the eyes but I?’

‘Truth, Lord; but I have marr’d them: let my shame
    Go where it doth deserve.’
‘And know you not,’ says Love, ‘Who bore the blame?’ 
    ‘My dear, then I will serve.’
‘You must sit down,’ says Love, ‘and taste my meat.’
     So I did sit and eat.

St. John 6:  51

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

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 On verse 28: “…the monks and hypocrites blaspheme our Gospel today and say: ‘Why do you stress faith so much in your sermons?’ They imagine that God owes them eternal life for their merits and holy life.” (on verse 28)

On verse 29: “Our flesh and blood serve only themselves. If a single work of God is to be performed, it must be inspired by God, and so it is truly the work of the His Spirit.” (on verse 29)

On verse 29:  ” …though I see with my eyes, I still do not behold Christ. He does not want to be grasped by our thoughts and reason. Thus faith is not our work; for I am drawn to Christ, whom I neither feel nor see.”

On verse 51:  “…here we are informed of another and better bread, called God’s bread, which comes from heaven and is not baked on earth. It is granted by the Holy Spirit. It confers everlasting life, a life not merited and earned, a gift from heaven. Thus, you see two kinds of bread here. The one is not earned, not acquired through a self-chosen, self-devised mode of life, but is an outright gift of bread, food and life.” (on verse 32)

On verse 51:  “…the Jews argued: If God is the Creator of heaven and earth, then He is also on this mountain, on this hill, or in that valley. And they proceeded to build temples, churches, and altars here and there —on mountains, in groves, and in other places — establishing their worship there and saying: “Our God will not be imprisoned in a temple, in that dark corner of Jerusalem. Although our Lord God also dwells there, it remains true that the grove is His as well as Jerusalem is.” They were as clever as that. Thus they could argue: “God is the Creator of heaven and earth. It follows that He is omnipresent. He is also on this hill, in this vale, or in this grove. Therefore it is proper for me to serve Him wherever I wish.”But they were far from the truth; for in Deuteronomy God declares (12:13): “Take heed that you do not offer your burnt offerings at every place that you see. I will not let Myself be found, I will not hear or be worshiped, at the places of your choice. Cities, forests, meadows, hill, and vale are all Mine, to be sure; but I do not want to be worshiped, honored, or acknowledge there; I insist that you worship Me in the place and in the manner which I shall prescribe to you.”

Now if nothing else counts, then what can the zeal of others avail? Thus a Carthusian says: “I will serve God in my cowl. I will not sleep much. I will fast, pray, and abstain from this and that food.” But God replies: “I will have none of it.” If you want to have God, then mark where He resides and where He wants to be found. Thus He says ( Matt. 17:5): “Behold, this is My beloved Son, whom I sent tayou and with whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” If the Son is left out of the reckoning, then God’s good will toward man is also lacking, and your worship of Him is vain. Christ Himself declares here: “I am the eternal life, the bread of life. And if you, too, want to live and not die of hunger and thirst, you must eat and drink Me.” If anyone were to ask: “Whither shall we turn for eternal life?” the answer is that we must remain with His flesh and blood. The Father is well pleased with everything the Son says, namely, that we must eat His flesh. It is not written that we should run to St. Iago or Jerusalem, make a pilgrimage to St. Catherine’s, eat the flesh of St. Barbara, or drink the blood of St. Christopher.

 

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