Posted by: livingscripture | June 7, 2015

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus

From the Word of the Day

 “Take it; this is my body’.  Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they drank from it.  He said to them, ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many’.”

 (Mark 14: 22-24)

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 Today we celebrate the mystery of the Eucharist.  Jesus wanted to remain in our midst and nourish us as food, giving us the strength to walk the journey of life.  At the same time, Jesus exhorts us to experience the sharing of the bread: “Do this in memory of me”.

Living the Eucharist after we have received Communion also means to exercise charity, making Christ present through our words and actions.  In the Cenacle, Jesus intentionally chooses the date that begins the Pasch, when the lambs were sacrificed.  He is aware that his passion and death are near.  He entrusts to His disciples, “this is my body…this is my blood”.  Hidden under the bread and wine, He remains alive and present to us always, establishes fraternity among human beings, and announces a new world founded on love.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will thank Jesus for remaining with us in the Eucharist and I will receive Him as often as possible with much love and adoration.

Lord Jesus, really present in the Eucharist, come into my soul and fill me with Your love so that I may spread it to my sisters and brothers.

 The Voice of Henry M. Nouwen, Spiritual Author

It is only when we have had a personal experience of how much Jesus takes care of us and how He desires to be our daily food that we learn to see every heart as Jesus’ dwelling place.  When your heart is touched by the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, you receive new eyes, able to recognize the same presence in the hearts of others.  Heart speaks to heart.  Jesus who is in our heart speaks to Jesus in the heart of our sisters and brothers.  This is the Eucharistic mystery of which we are a part.

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