It doesn't seem that a sixteenth century explorer and some twentieth century senior citizens would have much in common. But they do.
The sixteenth century explorer is Ponce de Leon. Shortly after Columbus discovered America, rumors spread that the new world contained a fountain of youth. Ponce de Leon sailed to America in search of this legendary fountain.
That brings us to the senior citizens. They are the old people in the movie Cocoon. These old people experienced a return to their youth when they bathed in a swimming pool used by aliens. The senior citizens were told that if they returned with the aliens to their planet, they would live forever.
What Ponce de Leon and the twentieth century senior citizens have in common is the dream that people have had from the beginning of time: the dream of never dying;
the dream to live forever;
The dream of eternal life.
This dream is with us in the church today. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who gave his life so we will never die, is present to us. Jesus makes this clear to us in the gospel we hear today:
"I am the living bread that comes 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."
Sincerely in Christ,