June 6, 2021
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – Corpus Christi
This weekend we hear these words from St. Mark’s Gospel: “While they were eating, (Jesus) took bread, said the blessing and broke it, gave it to them, and said, ‘Take it; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.’”
In Jesus’ words over the bread and the wine at the Last Supper, He reveals His desire to become a complete self-giving sacrifice of His body and blood. We find in the simple elements of bread and wine, the totality of our Lord who humbled himself to share in our humanity, suffered, died, and rose again.
The Eucharist gives us the ability to share in the power of Christ’s atoning death here and now, but it also prepares us for our eternal inheritance. Here we encounter Jesus with us always as food and drink to nourish, heal, and sustain us “until the end of the age.”
We continue to live the redemption through our own sharing in the Body and Blood Christ. When we receive the Lord in the Eucharist, in bread and wine, each of us is called to become the Body of Christ for others. How are we living out this call in our lives?
Finally, a word to those who are returning to Mass for the first time in many months. It is so good to see you and pray with you in person. We continue to take steps to assure your health and safety as we pray together. Do not hesitate to reach out to someone you do not see in church. Check on them to see that they are doing well and invite them to pray with us. Let me or a parish staff member know if there is anything we can do to assist.
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len