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Bishop Robert Byrne addresses members of the English ARC at Lambeth Palace.

By Leela Ramdeen,  Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI
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Today’s gospel, John 6:24–35, offers us an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be a disciple of the “true bread”; “the bread of life”. In the gospel Jesus tells us: “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never thirst.”

For Catholics, Jesus, the bread of life, is literally present, body, blood, soul and divinity—in the Eucharist under the appearances of bread and wine. This is what we refer to as the doctrine of the Real Presence. Our catechism tells us that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life” (CCC, 1324).

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