Posted by: livingscripture | June 3, 2018

SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Sunday  June 3, 2018

Week Nine of Ordinary Time

SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

 WORD of the DAY 

  While they were eating,  he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.”  Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it.  He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed  for many.   (Mark 14: 22-24) 

 How shall I live this Word?

With moderation and incisive words, Jesus accomplishes a gesture of enormous importance: the institution of the Eucharist.

This does not deal with a lovely walk in the fresh air and sunshine, but rather bringing believers into a divine environment where the greatest Mystery of Love reigns, that of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

This love of God become human, bends His divine-human reality to the point of reducing it to the horror of a tortured body on the infamous Cross.  Now He hands over this sublime mystery to the reality of nourishment, simple but essential in human life, bread and wine.

Two things strike me today:  it all happens at table during the simple time in which we eat.  In addition, it all becomes emblematic of the most sublime and important event in history up to that time:  the Covenant stipulated between God and Moses.  There is nothing simpler, and nothing greater than this transubstantiation of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus.

This is the essence of the greatest Mystery:  the NEW COVENANT OF HIM, WHO HAVING LOVED US, always intensely, LOVED US TO THE END.

This is the unsetting light of YOUR MYSTERY, JESUS!  Never allow me to leave aside by attendance at Holy Mass.  Let me not fall into a rut, but let me grow in love, in the power of what the celebration of the Eucharistic Mystery is a continual newness of divine-human life.

 The Voice of Pope Francis

 Although the Eucharist constitutes the fullness of the sacramental life, it is not a prize for the perfect, but a generous remedy and nourishment for the weak.

 

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