Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Feast of Corpus Christi Sunday : A: June 18, 2017


First Reading : Deuteronomy 8: 2-3,14-16
Second Reading; 1 Corinthians 10: 16-17
Gospel Reading: John 6: 51-58

   * First reading is from the book of Deuteronomy. In this passage Moses reminds the people of ;Israel to acknowledge God's saving power which accompanied them during their journey to the promised land. He exhorts them to remember that they are God's own people who need to nourish themselves on His Word. However God tested them ;in the wilderness and made them feel hungry so that they might know that word of God is more important than perishable food.

   *Second reading is from the first letter of St.Paul to the Corinthians. In this passage, Paul explains to the Corinthian community how the participation in the Eucharistic celebration can become a source of strength to the Christian solidarity and oneness. As food and drink nourish  the body so the Eucharist nourishes us spiritually. As a result of receiving Holy Communion, an intimate union between Christ and the recipient takes place.

"Life Giving Jesus in the Eucharist"
Today's Gospel reading is from St. John Chapter 6. which has elaborate passages on the Eucharist. In this passage, Jesus explains to His disciples and followers that to be part of Him, it is essential that they eat His body and drink His blood. Jesus is the living bread which alone gives eternal life. Hearing this teaching of Jesus, many of the Jews who followed Him, took offense and no longer followed Him. Because for a Jew to eat the body and drink the blood of another person was totally unacceptable and unthinkable.
Yet Jesus persisted with this teaching on Eucharist. Jesus later ratified His teaching on Eucharist by offering His body and blood to His disciples at the last supper. The feast of Corpus Christi recalls to our mind all that Jesus did to give His own  life for us, especially the offer of His body and blood signify the totality of self gift. The celebration of the Eucharist implies serious challenges and obligations for every Christian. More than mere participation, it implies that a Christ like life is necessary.
"God dwells in our midst, in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar' - St; Maxmillian Kolbe. 
"And just as He appeared before the holy Apostles in true flesh, so now He has us see Him in the sacred bread" - St. Francis of Assisi.
"In each of our lives Jesus comes as the bread of life - to be eaten , to be consumed by us. This is how He loves us " St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

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