June 23, 2019: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: Corpus Christi
Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
The Eucharist commits us to the poor. To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognize Christ in the poorest, his brethren:
You have tasted the Blood of the Lord, yet you do not recognize your brother,. . . . You dishonor this table when you do not judge worthy of sharing your food someone judged worthy to take part in this meal. . . . God freed you from all your sins and invited you here, but you have not become more merciful. (1397) Catechism of the Catholic 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 Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: Corpus Christi, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
Delving into the mystery of the Eucharist, we never feel deserted. An overflowing of sacramental grace inviting us to look beyond the simple elements of bread and wine to spiritually see Jesus’ Real Presence. At each mass, an invitation to eat the bread and drink from the cup in remembrance of Him. We join the communion line formed at the Last Supper and continues around the globe each day. How many people have received the host and drinked of the cup thru the millenniums? An act of love as Jesus gives His body for you. The cup offering the new covenant in His blood that you do in remembrance of Him. Walking in the communion line, we should not be in robo model of repetitive Sunday obligation, but realize we continue to proclaim the death of the Lord until He comes again in the context of our lives and human experience. The affirmation of AMEN must not be a hollow utterance, but a sincere appreciation for the precious gift acclaimed with belief.
What do we do with the gift of Eucharist? In Abram’s encounter with Malchizedek, King of Jerusalem and prefiguration of Christ, he gave a tenth of everything. Not just his money, every tenth goat, camel and sheep, ten percent of the crops or lands, but ten percent of everything. Receiving the Eucharist calls us not to give just a portion of ourselves to the Lord, but everything of who and what we are. Not as a duty, but inherent by the meaning of Eucharist, thanksgiving, we offer our thanksgiving by the way we live. Fully satisfied at the Eucharistic table, an encounter with the Divine ceases our yearnings. We enter the mystery to realize all Jesus did for us on the cross, His presence in our hands and in the cup each day and His covenant with us for our eternal salvation. As the living bread that came down from heaven, Jesus gives us life today and forever. Life to be at peace. Life to love. Life to have hope. Life to have courage. Life to serve others. Life to believe Gospel precepts are greater than hate. Life to believe Jesus includes, not excludes. Life to believe in the gift we receive at each mass call us to be a gift to others in the world. How that manifests differs in each person reflecting their God given persona. Our AMEN, saying I believe to what I am receiving and all the Lord did and is and will become for us eternally, in receiving the Eucharist becomes a collective AMEN of all believers unified as the Body of Christ in Spirit and action to become what we have received in the world.
Individual Reflection: Luke 9:11b-17
Attend daily mass each day this week to receive the gift of Eucharist every day.
Family Reflection: 1st Corinthians 11:23-26
As a family, spend time prayerfully before the Blessed Sacrament this week
Prayer: Spend time this week at adoration
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