AHC B NAB Ordinary 20 - Hebrew Catholics

Association of

Hebrew Catholics

New Zealand Branch


John 6: 51 — 58

Ordinary 20 Year B


51     I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever
         eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give
         is my flesh for the life of the world.”

52     The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can
         this man give us (his) flesh to eat?”

53     Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat
         the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not
         have life within you.

54     Whoever eats 19 my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal    
and I will raise him on the last day.

55     For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.

56     Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me
         and I in him.

57     Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of
         the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life
         because of me.

58     This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your
         ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will
         live forever.”

19 [54-58] Eats: the verb used in these verses is not the classical Greek verb used of human eating, but that of animal eating: “munch,” “gnaw.” This may be part of John’s emphasis on the reality of the flesh and blood of Jesus (cf ⇒ John 6:55), but the same verb eventually became the ordinary verb in Greek meaning “eat.”

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