Hear These Words And Have Faith For “He” Lives In You

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“Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” (John 6:56)

While going through our readings for today, I couldn’t help but remember the lyrics of one song from my favourite cartoon movie (The Lion King). It was a song by Diana Ross titled: “He lives in you.”

Night and the spirit of life calling
Oh, oh, iyo mamela oh, oh, iyo
And the voice with the fear of a child answers
Oh, oh, iyo iyo mamela

Wait! There’s no mountain too great
Hear these words and have faith
Oh, oh, iyo
Have faith
Hela hey mamela, hela hey mamela
Hela hey mamela, hela hey mamela

He lives in you, he lives in me (hela hey mamela)
He watches over everything we see
Into the waters, into the truth
In your reflection, he lives in you

In today’s Gospel passage Jesus tells us: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.” In other words, when we eat the body and drink the blood of Jesus in Holy Communion, we become a part of Jesus and He lives in us.

To apply the words of Diana Ross, Jesus lives in you so you need not fear nor worry over anything. Jesus who lives in you watches over everything. There is no mountain too great, nor height too high for Jesus. Just have faith: feel His presence inside you.

When Saul was on his way to persecute the Christians in Damascus, he didn’t realise that it was Christ he was persecuting; he didn’t know that Jesus lives inside those who eat His flesh and drink His blood. Saul was struck down with a bright light from heaven which blinded him. Jesus asked him a very passionate question: “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

This episode is a solemn reminder to us Christians that God is never far from us his children. He sees, feels and understand whatever we are going through and He knows how to fight for His children. It is a confirmation that when we receive Jesus in Holy Communion, we are no longer ordinary human beings but God-carriers.

To abide in Jesus and have Jesus abide in you is the greatest wealth and the strongest protection anyone can ever have. Since no one can fight Jesus, no one can fight him who receives eats His flesh and drink His blood.

For those who do not eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus, they are missing so much. As Jesus puts it, they do not even have life in them; they are walking-dead. “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” (John 6:53).

What is stopping you from receiving Jesus today? The more you stay away from Holy Communion, the weaker you become not just spiritually but even physically.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, may I always be conscious that you live in me. Amen.

Bible Study: Acts 9:1-20, Psalm 117 and John 6:52-59

Fr. Abu