June 26, 2011: The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
First Reading: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 10:16-17
Gospel: John 6:51-58
We acknowledge Jesus’ presence before sitting in the pew, with a sign of reverence toward the tabernacle. His presence in the Word helps us see God brought us through ALL our journeys in the deserts of self-indulgence, doubt and slavery to idolatry of things in the world. Tested in the struggles, we hungered with parched souls to be fed unknown bread. God’s patience viewed our free wills’ struggle with sincerity to follow His commandments. In rising from the pew to proceed forward to the Eucharistic table, we make a statement of hungering and thirsting no more. The real presence of Jesus, we receive in our hands and drink from the cup, grants life giving peace in the endless boundaries of our souls. A gift not received as individuals, but in unity we are many partaking of one loaf, as one body of Christ. Rising from the pew, the profound embrace has satisfied our yearnings knowing the kingdom of the Messiah is precisely the kingdom of peace. Jesus is our peace and the radical motivation spurring Christians to undertake a life and mission of peace. (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, paragraph 491) How will you live that mission of peace when you rise from the pew this week?
Individual Reflection: 1st Corinthians 10:16-17
Visit the website of NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby, to learn more about their “Mind the Gap” campaign. How do you see issues they discuss present in your neighborhood and what can you do to address these concerns?
Family Reflection: John 6:51-58
Talk about how the gifts of bread and wine in the Eucharist take many people to grow, process and produce. Discuss how this is a symbol of unity.
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