June 2, 2103: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Catholic Social Teaching
“Building a world of respect for human life and dignity, where justice and peace prevail, requires more than just political commitment. Individuals, families, businesses, community organizations and governments all have a role to play…” Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (57), USCCB
First Reading: Genesis 14:18-20
Psalm: 110: 1, 2, 3 and 4
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 11:23-26
Gospel: Luke 9-11b-17
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“If you are the body and members of Christ, then it is your sacrament that is placed on the table of the Lord; it is your sacrament that you receive. To that which you are you respond Amen (yes, it is true) and by responding to it you assent to it. For you hear the words, “the Body of Christ” and respond Amen. Be then a member of the Body of Christ that your Amen may be true.” (1396) From the Roman Missal, Introduction to The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
“The unity of the Mystical Body: the Eucharist makes the Church. Those who receive the Eucharist are united more closely to Christ. Through it Christ unites them to all the faithful in one body — the Church. Communion renews, strengthens and deepens this incorporation into the Church, already achieved by Baptism…Because there is on bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.” Introduction to The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Cycle C
In places of society that seem deserted from justice, equality and compassion, do we envision others providing upright food to fuel change or will we give some ourselves? Our skills and resources may seem minimal in the face of thousands struggling to participate in the common good and it would be easier to let others take the initiative to dismiss the concerns from our minds. But will we take the Bread of Life and Cup of Salvation set before us on the altar to let our souls be satisfied and have an abundance to share. Our Amen means an affirmation to proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. We must not shrink into letting the Eucharist be a personal act without connotation to the interconnectedness of the Church and society. For the Body of Christ is broken as a sacrament of unity. With the Cup of Blessing, we communally sip in partaking of the new covenant. Our gifts of five loaves and two fish may seem minimal, but the Lord has said a blessing over them and gives them to us to set before crowds hungering for justice. Each Amen we proclaim, with a sincere heart, draws us deeper into the mystery of the Body and Blood of Christ. Christ does not dismiss us to forage on our own, but provides in abundance to satisfy the deepest yearnings of our souls.
Individual Reflection: 1st Corinthians 11:23-26
Arrive at Mass fifteen minutes early to reflect on the words of the Eucharistic prayer and the gift you will receive in the Eucharist. How does the Eucharist strengthen you for the work of justice?
Family Reflection: Luke: 9:11b-17
Discuss who your family can share food with this week.
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