READINGS for 2009-06-14
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
BLOODY mARY, ANYONE?
Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. – Mark 14:23
December 7, 1988, 11:41 a.m. The strongest quake that Soviet Armenia has ever known claimed 55,000 victims. The floor opened up and Susanna Petroysan and her daughter Gayaney fell into the basement as the nine-story apartment house crumbled around them.
“Mommy, I’m so thirsty,” said her daughter. There was nothing Susanna could do. Trapped beneath tons of collapsed concrete and steel, she was flat on her back, beside cold and limp bodies everywhere.
“Mommy, I need a drink. Please.” Her hand feeling around in the darkness found a jar of blackberry jam. She gave it all to Gayaney but it was gone by the second day. “Mommy, I’m so thirsty.” Susanna knew she would die but she wanted her daughter to live.
“I had no water, no fruit juice, no liquids. It was then I remembered I had my own blood,” she said. She sliced her numb left index finger with a piece of shattered glass and gave it to her daughter to suck. “Please, Mommy, some more,” her Gayaney begged. Susanna had no idea how many times she cut herself. The two were trapped for eight days until they were rescued. Her blood was her daughter’s life.
Jesus, Your blood is our life. I will sing of Your love today. Jon Escoto
“Do this in memory of Me.” We hear this in Mass every time. Stop to remember and reflect on how much Jesus loves you. Experience the warmth of His love embracing you today.
Jesus, thank You. I love You. I couldn’t say more.
Being in relationship with God is a two-way affair, meaning that there are obligations on both sides of the relationship. We cannot expect to receive the benefits of God’s benevolence without some sort of response. Moses outlines for the people what it means to enter into a covenant relationship with God. It is similar for us today, only we live according to the New Covenant entered into through Baptism. Let us seek to uphold our commitment, our baptismal promises as we seek to be disciples of Jesus.
3 When Moses came to the people and related all the words and ordinances of the LORD, they all answered with one voice, “We will do everything that the LORD has told us.” 4 Moses then wrote down all the words of the LORD and, rising early the next day, he erected at the foot of the mountain an altar and twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 Then, having sent certain young men of the Israelites to offer holocausts and sacrifice young bulls as peace offerings to the LORD, 6 Moses took half of the blood and put it in large bowls; the other half he splashed on the altar. 7 Taking the book of the covenant, he read it aloud to the people, who answered, “All that the LORD has said, we will heed and do.” 8 Then he took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words of his.”
P S A L M
Psalm 116:12-13. 15-16. 17-18 (13)
R: I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
12 How shall I make a return to the LORD for all the good he has done for me? 13 The cup of salvation I will take up, and I will call upon the name of the LORD. (R) 15 Precious in the eyes of the LORD is the death of his faithful ones. 16 I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your handmaid; you have loosed my bonds. (R) 17 To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving, and I will call upon the name of the LORD. 18 My vows to the LORD I will pay in the presence of all his people. (R)
The Eucharist is the celebration of God’s love for us and the reality of His promise to sustain us on our earthly pilgrimage with His Body and Blood as our spiritual food. It is essential that we take the Lord seriously on this promise so we do not deprive ourselves of the most powerful and effective means we have to be sustained in our Christian journey. The Catholic Church sees the Eucharist as the high point of its life and encourages us all to become daily communicants if possible.
11 Brothers and sisters: When Christ came as high priest of the good things that have come to be, passing through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by hands, that is, not belonging to this creation, 12 he entered once for all into the sanctuary, not with the blood of goats and calves but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkling of a heifer’s ashes can sanctify those who are defiled so that their flesh is cleansed, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship the living God. 15 For this reason he is mediator of a new covenant: since a death has taken place for deliverance from transgressions under the first covenant, those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.
G O S P E L
I have no idea how the disciples experienced the Last Supper they had with Jesus. I am sure they had no idea that it was the beginning of something we believe will continue until Jesus comes again. The Eucharist is one of the most direct links we have with the life of Jesus as it is the re-presentation of His sacrifice on Calvary and celebration of His resurrection from the dead.
Mark 14:12-16. 22-26
12 On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 13 He sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city and a man will meet you, carrying a jar of water. Follow him. 14 Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, “The Teacher says, ‘Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ ” 15 Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready. Make the preparations for us there.” 16 The disciples then went off, entered the city, and found it just as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover. 22 While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.” 23 Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many. 25 Amen, I say to you, I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” 26 Then, after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
think:The Catholic Church sees the Eucharist as the high point of its life and encourages us all to become daily communicants if possible.
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One of the difficult things to understand about the sacrifice of the Eucharist is its intimate connection to Calvary — to the death and resurrection of Jesus. The text from Hebrews quite clearly tells us that there is only one sacrifice and it was offered by Jesus on Calvary to the Father. Thus, when we celebrate the Eucharist and understand it as a sacrifice offered to the Father in the name and person of Jesus, this is only possible if each and every Eucharistic celebration is somehow related to the actual sacrifice Jesus made on the cross 2,000 years ago.
The Church teaches that the Eucharist as a memorial sacrifice is a representation of the one and only sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. That is, in the Eucharist, Calvary and the cross of Jesus is “made present” to us, the People of God, in a sacramental way. The Eucharist is not simply symbolic or a representation of Jesus’ sacrifice. It is Jesus’ Sacrifice, sacramentally present to us and, in the Body and Blood of Jesus, we can partake of or share in that sacrifice of Jesus.
Today’s feast commemorates the gift of the Eucharist to the Church and invites us to reflect upon the wonder of the gift and to deepen in our faith and trust in this sacrifice to save us. The Eucharist is a wonderful gift that we rarely give its proper due. Many of the saints have said that if we truly understood the wonder of the gift of the Eucharist we would be overwhelmed by its graciousness and power. Let us seek to deepen in our knowledge of the Eucharist so that we can draw more fully from the many and unlimited blessings that it brings to us.
Jesus has held nothing back in His commitment to love us. The Eucharist is the most perfect experience of the depth of His love; let us deepen our response to this wonderful gift. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
What priority do I give to celebrating the Eucharist and Eucharistic adoration in my life? How can I deepen my experience of the love of Jesus available to me in the Eucharist?
Holy Spirit, lead me to a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Eucharist in my faith. Help me to draw deeply from this wellspring of grace and blessings.
Sts. Valerius and Rufinus, Martyrs, pray for us.
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