June 3 – Sunday
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Reading 1 – Exodus 24:3-8
Responsorial Psalm: PS 116
“I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord”
Reading 2: HEB 9:11-15
Gospel – MK 14:12-16, 22-26
“Take it; this is my body.”
“This is my blood of the covenant
Pope Francis in his homily during the Corpus Christi (Rome Italy May 26, 2016)
In breaking the bread for his disciples Christ gave an example of what it means to allow oneself to be broken for the good of others.
Jesus was broken; he is broken for us and he asks us to give ourselves, to break ourselves for others.
Corpus Christi celebrates the institution of the Holy Eucharist – a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.
Our parents provide bread/ food in our homes each day, they have broken their hearts to let their children grow.
When we offer out tithes knowing that it is the “all” that we have – we break our hearts.
When we break our schedules in order to visit a sick friend, or become an errand for our friends, siblings or neighbors – we break our hearts.
When we trusted a friend but this friend betrayed us – we break our hearts.
Each of us have our own experience of brokenness.
Where do we find the strength to do this? It is in the Eucharist: in the power of the Risen Lord who today breaks bread for us – saying: “Do this in remembrance of me.”
Risen Lord, forgive our unbelief when we doubted your presence in the Eucharist. Strengthen our faith in you. Amen.