SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!: No Longer I
First Reading: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 147:12-15, 19-20
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
Gospel: John 6:51-58
“No longer I, but Christ in me”, is one of my favorite lyrics from the song, God in Me, by Liveloud. This line stems directly from today’s Gospel reading, in which Jesus tells his disciples: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.” Especially when it comes to service in youth and in other aspects of our personal lives, we get lost in ourselves and forget that God is constantly working through us. I find myself becoming so obsessed with making everything perfect that I miss God’s glory revealing itself through all the mistakes. In the Gospel, Jesus tells us that when we eat His body and blood, He dwells within us. Despite being broken, He continues to dwell in and work through us.
This Gospel reading is God calling all of us to just trust Him. He asks us to trust in His promise that despite our failures, He’s there inside us, holding us together. Even when our mind is going blank during a talk, or we forget the chords during worship, God makes sure to make His own work known through our imperfect work. He is working in us all the time, all we have to do is open our eyes to His manifestation in our hearts.