Posted by: livingscripture | June 10, 2012

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ CORPUS CHRISTI

From the Word of the Day

“Take it; this is my Body…This is my Blood of the Covenant, which will be shed for many.”

                                                        (Mark 14: 22)                                                                                                                                                                             


How should we live this Word 

Today the Church celebrates!  We celebrate the Eucharist, the gift Jesus left to us.  He Himself is our food that sustains us and unites us to Him during our life journey. Mark describes the occasion in a solemn way to witness to the indispensable place of the Eucharist in the Church right from the beginning.  The disciples ask where they should go to celebrate the Passover, the Jewish feast recalling their liberation from slavery in Egypt and the beginning of the exodus toward the Promised Land.

Jesus intentionally chooses this event to begin His Passover.  Central to the Jewish feast is the lamb that is immolated.  However, Mark does not mention this because in the Last Supper, Jesus Himself is the lamb.  He offers Himself to the Father for the salvation of humanity.  “Christ our Pasch has been immolated!”  (1 Cor. 5: 7)  In fact, His death and resurrection fully realize and actualize what the first Passover meant.

That evening in the Cenacle, in a moment full of intense intimacy with His own, Jesus is conscious that His hour is near.  He entrusts Himself to them in a totally unthinkable way, “This is My Body…this is My Blood.”   Jesus uses simple bread and wine to make Himself ever present, available to us, and approachable in a humble and profound way.  He involves our body and our spirit so that we may experience something of God’s mystery.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will remain in awe before this mystery. Jesus is the Food come down from heaven. Jesus is God who becomes bread for us!

Lord Jesus, I believe in Your Real Presence in the Eucharist!  Descend into my heart and inflame it with love for You and for all my sisters and brothers! 

The voice of Henri Nouwen, Spiritual Writer

Just as God became human for us in a hidden way, so too in a hidden way does He become food and drink for us.  Many people pass before the Eucharist without taking notice, and yet, it is the greatest event that can happen to human beings.

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