Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, June 18, 2017

Reading 1 Dt 8:2-3, 14b-16a

Moses said to the people:
“Remember how for forty years now the LORD, your God,
has directed all your journeying in the desert,
so as to test you by affliction
and find out whether or not it was your intention
to keep His Commandments.
He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger,
and then fed you with manna,
a food unknown to you and your fathers,
in order to show you that not by bread alone does one live,
but by every word that comes forth from the Mouth of the LORD.

“Do not forget the LORD, your God,
Who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
that place of slavery;
Who guided you through the vast and terrible desert
with its saraph serpents and scorpions,
its parched and waterless ground;
Who brought forth water for you from the flinty rock
and fed you in the desert with manna,
a food unknown to your fathers.”

Faith will be tested.  It is part of life, and we have to trust God.  He is always guiding us, but only those with strong faith will withstand the many hardships that are guaranteed to be faced.  People with faith will be questioned, doubted, mocked, ridiculed, insulted, etc…Those with weak faith or wrong intentions will not survive it all.  The intention of believers is to serve God not self, and those that are truly in it for Him will be blessed.  It is easy to neglect and forget what God has done for us when in the trials of life, but we must remember and never overlook how far He has carried us.  He has always been with us and will never give up on us; for He sees us as a prize.  Indifference and ungratefulness pierce the Heart of Jesus.

Reading 2 1 Cor 10:16-17

Brothers and sisters:
The cup of blessing that we bless,
is it not a participation in the Blood of Christ?
The bread that we break,
is it not a participation in the Body of Christ?
Because the loaf of bread is one,
we, though many, are one body,
for we all partake of the one loaf.

We are all together under Christ.  There are so many reasons humanity is divided, but He is the Cause of unification.  We are all quick to bicker, fight with, and judge others, but if we all thought of other people – even strangers – as brothers and sisters, so many of the world’s problems would be solved.  We should take time to think of the areas where we are self serving or flat out mistreat people.  We are one big Family because of Christ and need to help keep peace and harmony on earth.

Gospel Jn 6:51-58

Jesus said to the Jewish crowds:
“I am the Living Bread that came down from Heaven;
whoever eats this Bread will live forever;
and the Bread that I will give
is My Flesh for the life of the world.”

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this Man give us His Flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my Flesh is true Food,
and My Blood is true Drink.
Whoever eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood
remains in Me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent Me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on Me
will have life because of Me.
This is the Bread that came down from Heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this Bread will live forever.”

We all need Jesus.  He gives us eternal life.  Corpus Christi is such an important day because it reminds us how special the Eucharist is.  I know that when things become normal, they lose their being special.  We can never let this happen to the Eucharist for us because It is What gives us life.  We are connected to God through the Eucharist, and His Sacrifice is sacred.  It is our way to redemption and how we are saved.  We should yearn to be close to Him and feel that we can never get enough of Him because without Him, we are dead and our spirits are lifeless.  This Bread is not like any other bread because It truly is the Body of Christ just as the wine becomes the Blood of Christ.  Therefore, we should remember that the “bread” we think we need is nothing compared to Him.  All the worldly wants we have does not compare, and we must put in perspective what we are prioritizing.



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