My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
† A reading from the holy gospel according to John 6:51-58
Jesus said to the crowd:
“I am the bread from heaven!
Everyone who eats it will live forever.
My flesh is the life-giving bread
that I give to the people of this world.”
They started arguing with each other and asked,
“How can he give us his flesh to eat?”
“I tell you for certain that you won’t live
unless you eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of Man.
But if you do eat my flesh and drink my blood,
you will have eternal life,
and I will raise you to life on the last day.
“My flesh is the true food,
and my blood is the true drink.
If you eat my flesh and drink my blood,
you are one with me, and I am one with you.
“The living Father sent me,
and I have life because of him.
Now everyone who eats my flesh will live because of me.
“The bread that comes down from heaven
is not like what your ancestors ate.
but whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
The gospel of the Lord.