May 29, 2016: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: Corpus Christi
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“…Participation is a duty to be fulfilled consciously by all, with responsibility and with a view to the common good.This cannot be confined or restricted to only a certain area of social life, given its importance for growth — above all human growth — in areas such as the world of work and economic activity, especially in their internal dynamics; in the sectors of information and culture; and, more than anything else, in the fields of social and political life even at the highest levels. The cooperation of all peoples and the building of an international community in a framework of solidarity depends on this latter area…” (189) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Genesis 14:18-20
Psalm: 110:1, 2, 3, 4
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 11:23-26
Gospel: Luke 9:11b-17
Catechism of the Catholic 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. In Baptism we have been called to form but one body. The Eucharist fulfills this call: “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? the bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread:” 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 Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Sunday of Lent, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
Responding to the gift of Eucharist, we say Amen. Do we speak that word half-heartedly, out of ritualistic observance or with belief and conviction? Is Amen spoken from our lips to live into the invitation of transformation for our lives? Will we let Amen move us beyond living as Jose, Pat, Barbara or Elena to live as the Body of Christ? A meal not eaten in isolation, on a TV tray, but in community. To see the connectivity to Church thru a handful or few hundred people receiving the Eucharist at one mass to everyone globally that Sabbath receiving the real presence of Jesus. How many people have said Amen to the real presence over the millenniums, from the initial apostles and the early Church, empowered to spread the Gospel, till today ? Willfully ignoring the Sunday obligation says I do not need my brothers and sisters at the local parish and global Church to live my life as a follower of Jesus. In doing that, we ignore the Lord’s call of discipleship to revel in individualism, which leads to isolation. Coming to the Eucharistic table invites us into community that we see and cannot see. Amen is an affirmation of belief and accepting the mystery of solidarity with people we will never know or ever meet. We may tithe from our fiscal resources, but with our Amen will we also tithe with ourselves to freely give our God-given talents to support the Body of Christ and the entire human family? Do we give of ourselves as freely as Jesus comes so freely to each altar, simple or grand, at each mass? Our Amen is a continuing thankful participation in the Paschal Mystery, the living bread and cup of blessings. We may feel we are at a deserted place in life, but with our Amen, we answer Jesus’ call to give humanity the food of life, the giving of ourselves from the food we have received. And the Lord provides in abundance if our Amen is an affirmation of belief. So when mass ends and we are sent forth to go in peace, glorifying the Lord by our lives, we can joyfully proclaim, thanks be to God, coming forth from the sincerity of our Amen.
Individual Reflection: 1st Corinthians 11:23-26
Learn about Bread for the World. Initiate a Bread for the World letter writing initiative at your parish and the broader inter-faith community in your neighborhood:
Family Reflection: Luke 9:11b-17
Learn about the Bake for Good project. Whom will your family bake for?
Contemplate the word Amen
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By Barb Born May 20, 2016 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.