THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2016
MERCY AND THE EUCHARIST
Today’s gospel: John 6:35-40
The icon of mercy is Christ crucified. And we should be most
aware of God’s mercy bestowed upon us by the sacrificial
death of Jesus as we celebrate the Eucharist, which is a commemoration
of that blessed event.
there are 7 corporal works of mercy. Two of those are to feed
the hungry and give drink to the thirsty. Now we normally
would not think of ourselves as among the poor who do not
have food or drink. But spiritually, we certainly are among
those poor. How will we be fed? This is through and by the
Eucharist, as we partake of the very body and blood of our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus said to his disciples
and the crowd, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes
to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never
is the ultimate objective of God’s mercy? It is to bring
us to salvation and ultimately to heaven. “For this
is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and
believes in him may have eternal life” (v.40a). It is
God’s will that we be saved. And so the Father made
the greatest sacrificial act of offering His very own Son
to die for us on the cross. If we meet, know, believe, accept
and live Christ, then we will be saved.
is not easy to live Christ. We need a strength that is beyond
ourselves. The amazing thing is that God continues to offer
Himself, through the Eucharist. We can partake of the very
body and blood of Jesus. Thus we will never hunger nor thirst.
to the Eucharist often. Be reminded of God’s great mercy.
Be sustained by Jesus. Be empowered by his Spirit. And be
assured of salvation and heaven. Jesus then tells us, “and
I shall raise him on the last day.” (v.40b).