Posted by: livingscripture | June 6, 2010

SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY and BLOOD of CHRIST

From the Word of the Day

 Jesus said to them, “Give them some food yourselves.”

Luke 9: 13

 How should we live this Word

 Today the Church celebrates the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, the Mystery of faith and the reason for the existence of the Church and the priesthood.  The Gospel is entirely a revelation in the form of signs that prepare the apostles for an ever clearer understanding of the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of Jesus’ disciples.  The Eucharist is the supreme redemptive sacrifice, the perfect act of love and of donation on God’s part.  It is the body of Christ totally given in death for our liberation, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in memory of Me.’

 Jesus has the Twelve participate in this episode of the multiplication in order to make them understand that they have a special task, that they must continue what is about to begin in Him.  “Give them some food yourselves.”  They do not understand and say they have only five loaves and two fish that are not even enough for them.  They forgot God’s power!  Neither do they read into the meaning of the numbers which are very important for the Jews.  The five loaves and two fish equal seven, the sacred number of completeness.  The human number is six, but Jesus – Man and God – gives access to God’s rest, the seventh day.  The Eucharist is already the intimate experience of relationship with God.

 Thus Jesus accepts the little that the apostles are able to offer.  Then He takes the bread, raises His eyes to heaven, blesses, and breaks it, giving it to the apostles for distribution among the crowd.  Today we continue to celebrate the One Bread broken and given into the hands of the priests, successors of the Apostles, to satiate the hunger of humanity.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will adore the liberating presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.  I adore You my Lord and my God!  I thank You for your continual presence among us.

 Lord Jesus, in the intimacy of the Eucharist, help me to understand Your love for me, for everyone.  I ask You to sanctify me and all priests.

 The voice of St. Thomas Aquinas, Church Doctor

 The Eucharist is the memorial of the Passion.  It is the greatest of all the marvels worked by Christ.  It is the admirable document of His immense love for us.

 


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