Have you seen those superhero shows? I probably watch at least 7 or 8 of them through the week. They focus on the idea of a hero having two sides, their ordinary self in the working world, and their transformed self as a hero. My favourite hero, Superman obviously, is portrayed as being Clark Kent, a farm boy from Smallville, who works for the Daily Planet as a news reporter. The other side of what makes him a whole person, is Superman, hero from Krypton who fights to save humanity from evil. When you have both sides together, it makes up one interesting person. At the same time, think of how exhausting it would be to be two very different people all of the time, having to wear two different faces depending on where you are, the role you are playing. Many of us tend to do this, put on masks, based on the people we hang out with, the jobs we have, the fait background we've grown up in. God shows us that we don't need to be several different people, but that we can just be ourselves, no matter some of the judgements we may face from those who just don't understand. Think about it, do you put on masks to be a different version of yourself?
Today's Gospel states:'The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever." This he said in the synagogue, as he taught at Caper'na-um' (John 6:52-59).
Today's reading talks about how we need to receive the body and blood of Christ in order to really live a good and fulfilling life. We need to fully accept God in our lives and receive Him, continuously at the Eucharistic Celebration. We need to be fully acceptant of God's will, which we affirm through receiving Jesus, going forward as people of Christ into the world. It's not always an easy task, especially when the world pressures us to act certain ways, wear certain clothes, affirm and oppose certain ideas. It can be a challenge to really stand up in your faith and show everyone who you really are, but God is by your side through it all. There's no need to be afraid. Embrace who you truly are. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you embrace your life as one person, a child of God.
Today we pray:
Thank You for making me in Your very image and likeness. Help me when I may feel like I'm putting on masks to be different people in the world. Let me fully embrace this life You've given me as Your child.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.