Posted by: livingscripture | June 14, 2009

Body and Blood of Christ Sunday


 From the Word of the Day

 “Go into the city and a man will meet you, carrying a jar of water.  Follow him.  Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’db_28-Mystical_Supper[1]

(Mark 14, 13-14)

 How should we live this Word

 This is a climactic moment in Jesus’ human-divine adventure.  We are in the first days of Unleavened Bread when they sacrificed the Passover lamb.  It is during the celebration of this Jewish Passover that Jesus celebrates, eats, and institutes the first Christian Pasch, the memorial of His death and resurrection.  An interesting note is the fact that the evangelist dwells on the description of where to find the place that this very special Pasch will be celebrated to the point of letting us know that, in fact, the disciples found ‘a large upper room furnished and ready’.

 This feast of the Lord’s body and blood seeks to make us ever more aware of the mysterious but enormously vital event of the Eucharistic Celebration.  Those words of Jesus, ‘Take it, this is my body’ and ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many’, together with the gesture of passing the cup full of wine that is already His blood shed, marks the enormity of the Eucharistic mystery.  It is the Mystery of the New Passover.  If the Jewish Pasch was the memorial of crossing the desert to the Promised Land, then Jesus’ Pasch, His Eucharist, is the mark of the new people of God passing from this earth to the Father.

 It is truly a memorial that is replete with divine ferment.  It is of the utmost importance that this celebration find space in our life.  Whether it is celebrated in a cathedral or on a little altar in the desert, the only thing that matters is the interior reality.  We cannot go to the Eucharist as though going to the supermarket or the theater.  We must find a space of awareness and interior preparation when we participate in the Eucharist.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will remain before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

 O Jesus, do not permit that I let my participation in the Eucharist or my adoration before the Tabernacle become a pious habit.  Light Your fire within me so that I may be more ardent at each Eucharist and may live better.

 The voice of St. John Chrysostom, Church Father

 How many people today say, ‘I want to see Jesus’ face, His features, His clothing, His sandals’.  Well, you see Him, touch Him, eat Him!  You desire to see His clothing.  He Himself gives Himself to you not only to be seen but to be touched, eaten, received in your heart.  Let no one approach with indifference or laxity.  Let all come to Him with a heart burning with love.


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