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

 

Reflection:

Pope Francis in his homily during the Corpus Christi (Rome Italy May 26, 2016)

I quote:

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.”

 

Prayer:

Risen Lord, forgive our unbelief when we doubted your presence in the Eucharist. Strengthen our faith in you. Amen.