Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Catholic Reflections 673 : The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ-Corpus Christi. Year B. - Sunday, 3 June 2018

Homily The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ-Corpus Christi. Year B. - Sunday, 3 June 2018

First Reading: Exodus 24:3-8
Psalm: Ps 115:12-13. 15-18. “
I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord
Second Reading: Hebrews 9:11-15
Gospel Acclamation: John 6:51-52
Gospel: Mark 14:12-16. 22-26
Please listen to my audio recordings of the readings, prayers and reflections for the The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ-Corpus Christi. Year B. - Sunday, 3 June 2018 by clicking this link here:   https://soundcloud.com/user-633212303/corpus-christi-b-faith-hope-and-love  (EPISODE: 98 )

Our Lord wanted his life, death and resurrection to be a source of life and salvation for all people of every time and generation.  The Christian faith believes in God who becomes flesh...   the incarnation...  so it is perfectly fitting that Jesus gives us a way we can touch and taste the reality of his loving involvement in the many joys and sorrows, graces and challenges of our daily life.

The sacrament of the body and blood of Our Lord was first instituted at the Lords Last Supper before he suffered his passion.  He celebrated the annual tradition of the Passover meal, in which generations of Gods people repeated the meal commemorating the freeing of the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt.  According to that God-given tradition, everyone who participated in that sacred meal was included and united in God’s saving action irrespective of the time or place that the person is joining in.

Fast forward a  thousand or so years and Our Lord, who has come to perfect and fulfil the Law of God,  also celebrates this ancient Passover feast.  But,  near the end of the meal, he does something new... something that makes this Passover meal his own and which creates the means by which we can all be included in his love and salvation.   He took bread blessed it and said.... see this bread.... this is truly my body broken for you ... take and eat...  do this in memory of me.   Then he took a chalice of wine and blessed it and gave it to his disciples and said...  take this and drink of it.... this is the chalice of my blood... poured out for you and for many... to forgive sins...  do this as a memorial of me.

This action means that we,  some two thousand years after his supper are all included in the benefits that Christ won for us by his love.

We live in a deeply sacramental world ...  so many things in this world bring us the reality of what they signify...   a warm handshake of friendship is a sacrament in a sense of friendship which actually gives us the expression and feeling of the friendship it represents....

Jesus,  in his wonderful ministry, ate and drank with so many people.  He shared meals with sinners, He included people of every different group.  He healed, he welcomed,  he taught and he cared for all.

It is fitting that Jesus left us the gift of this holy meal, as more than a reminder of him and his ministry... but this meal presents to us,  by his own promise and command, his very self, given for us.  As we take the host we are receiving Jesus into our hearts and lives,  as we drink his chalice,  we are washed clean and joined to God and one another.  Now,  we all can be part of what Our Lord offered first to his apostles.

The gift of the Eucharist is essential in the life of all Christians.  We are receiving Christ himself in his word, in the weekly scripture readings, and we receive Christ truly in his body and blood in communion. …. We are opening up weekly the meaning and implication of the scriptures and ensuring that it is not just our convenient and comfy version of Jesus' word,  but His challenging message that spurs us on to action week after week….

I always like to say to First Holy Communion classes as they receive Jesus in communion for the first time… that “there is only one thing better than one's first holy communion …  and that is your second holy communion….. and there is only one thing better than second holy communion and that is your third…. and so on…and so on…..weekly...…   It sets up a pattern of communion with Christ in our daily life…

Our communion in the Body and Blood of Christ connects us forever to God… and to our loved ones…..   every time we celebrate Eucharist and every time we receive the body and blood of Christ, we are united, in communion and connected by an unbreakable bond to God, first and foremost… (through Jesus),  but also we are connected to our loved ones.. and friends.. and fellow Christians…..   and we are even connected to our departed loved ones who are all part of the communion of believers….   Alive in Christ…  forever…

Today we celebrate Jesus, who makes his home in us, through the sacrament of his body and blood…

This is a gift that is truly priceless.
Fr Paul W. Kelly

Barclay, W. (1975). The Gospel of Mark. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: St. Andrew Press

(For a Background on Sacramental Theology context, please see):  
Vorgrimler, H. (1992). Sacramental theology. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press.


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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ-Corpus Christi. Year B.
Sunday, 3 June 2018)

(EPISODE: 98 )

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life: Lord, have mercy// //Lord Jesus, you forgive us our sins:Christ, have mercy//Lord Jesus, you feed us with your body and blood:Lord, have mercy//
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.

Memorial Acclamation

We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.


Eucharist I

Eucharistic Prayer II

Communion side.  pwk: 
Go forth, the Mass is ended.

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