August 16, 2015 – Twentieth Sunday in ordinary time
Proverbs 9:1-6; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58
Rev José Mario O Mandía
“The one who feeds on me will have life because of me.” The one who receives Christ will have life, but Jesus always respects our freedom. We will indeed live His life if we let Him into our heart and mind so he can freely speak to us and let His grace purify, heal and change us.
George Macdonald, a Christian writer, once said that we often treat Jesus as if he were a repair man. We call Him in when trouble befalls us, but once he has solved the problem we expect Him to leave us in peace. But if we are serious about asking Him to live in us, we start to discover that He starts to renovate the house of our soul and makes sweeping changes we have never imagined we would do. The reason is that he intends to stay in the house and become its Master so that we can say that “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). What does that mean? It is like saying, “I let my Lord run my life. Before I make any decision, I consult with Him first. I let Him have a say. I never take any step without his leave. It is no longer I who decides, it is Christ who makes decisions, Christ who shows how I should think, what I should say, where I should walk, what I should do.”
But many times, we are not really ready for Him. Our pride resists change. Our vanity does not permit someone to be in command. Our love of pleasure and comfort try to keep His Cross at a distance. Or indifference leaves us passive and cold.
When Jesus comes to our soul in Holy Communion, let us cast away all reservations. “Come, Lord Jesus, fill me with Yourself, so that I may learn to think with Your thoughts, love with Your heart, speak with Your words, and work with Your hands.”