Saturday, June 02, 2018
THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
June 3, 2018 – SUNDAY, THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
Solemnity. Cycle B. White.
Ex 24: 3 -8. Heb 9: 11 - 15
Sequence, Lauda Sian. Mk 14: 12- 16, 22- 26
Originating in France in the mid-thirteenth century, the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) was extended to the universal Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. The Feast calls us to focus on the two manifestations of the Body of Christ, the Holy Eucharist and the Church.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Ex 24: 3- 5, 7- 8
Moses came and told the people all the words of Yahweh and all his laws. The people replied with one voice, "Everything that Yahweh has said, we shall do."
Moses wrote down all the words of Yahweh, then rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain with twelve raised stones for the twelve tribes of Israel. He then sent young men from among the sons of Israel to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice bullocks as peace offerings to Yahweh....
He then took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. They said, "All that Yahweh said we shall do and obey."
Moses then took the blood and sprinkled it on the people saying, "Here is the blood of the covenant that Yawweh has made with you in accordance with these words.
From the Gospel Reading: Mk 14: 22- 25
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. And he said, "Take this, it is my body." Then he took a cup and after he had given thanks, passed it to them and they all drank from it. And he said, "This is my blood, the blood of the Covenant, which is to be poured out for many. Truly I say to you, I will not taste the fruit of the vine again until the day I drink the new wine in the kingdom of God."
We celebrate important occasions and events in life by inviting relatives and friends to a meal. Eating together is an important human activity.
In the first reading Moses seals the covenant between Yahweh and Israel with sacrificial offerings: "All that Yahweh said we shall do and obey."
In the second reading we are reminded how the bloody sacrifice of Christ on the cross brought redemption and salvation to all.
At the annual celebration of the Paschal meal, the Jewish people celebrated their liberation from their Egyptian captivity. Jesus uses this occasion, his Last Supper with his close disciples, to institute the sacrament of the Eucharist: "Take this, it is my body." "This is my blood, the blood of the Covenant, which is to be poured out for many."
Every time we join a Eucharistic celebration we receive the body and blood of Christ. He left us himself in the Eucharist as a sacrament of unity between himself and all his believers and followers and as a sign of unity among all who believe and follow him.
At his discourse on the bread of life, Jesus had said, "I am the living bread which has come down from heaven: whoever eats of this bread will live forever. The bread I shall give is my flesh and I will give it for the life of the world." (Jn 6:
When many questioned him, he reiterated, "Truly, I say to you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood will live with eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day." (Jn 6: 53- 54)
We thank the Lord Jesus for the priceless gift of himself in the Eucharist, his continuing real presence in our midst as our food and drink for eternal life..
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Fr. Roseller L. Atilano Jr. S.J.
Albert G. Manuel
Jose & Analyn Pua
Christopher Karl W Cuyegkeng
IN MEMORIAM (+)
George & Juanita Eufemio (Wedding Anniversary)
Ramona Chua Hwan (02 Nov 1955 - 03 Jun 2005)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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