Vol: 45, No.34 CORPUS CHRISTI ( B) June 03 2018  
 
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Grant, O Lord, we pray, that we may delight for all eternity in that share in your divine life, which is foreshadowed

 

in the present age by our reception of your precious Body and Blood. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

LITURGY AND LIFE

Today we celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. The Gospels record only one Passover that Jesus celebrated with his disciples which is known as the Last Supper. As a Jew, Jesus must have definitely kept the Passover during his hidden life and during the years of his public ministry.
During the Last Supper Jesus transformed the bread into his body, “Take; this is my body.” But over the cup Jesus brought in the aspect of the covenant, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.” In the same context Luke says, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”
It is striking that Jesus brought the idea of the covenant into the Eucharist. In the old covenant it was blood of animals that was offered, but in the Eucharist which is the New Covenant, Jesus offers his own blood for the salvation of all. The First Reading tells us that in response to the people’s willingness to accept God’s will, Moses writes down the stipulations. After reading “the book of the covenant” he sprinkles the people with the blood of the slaughtered animals. For Israel blood is life. The sprinkled blood joins them to the blood splashed on the altar, which symbolizes God. A union has been created from this blood relationship. However, the terms for preserving that relationship are also spelled out. By living up to those terms Israel is assured of its ongoing union with God.

 

Exodus 24 describes the ceremony of sealing the covenant with Moses acting as mediator between the people and God. The covenant is sealed in blood. An altar is erected at the foot of the mountain with twelve pillars, symbolizing that all Israel is represented. Young men perform the sacrifices of burnt offering and peace offering. Then half of the blood is dashed against the altar, and the other half sprinkled upon the people after they have pledged themselves. Moses then pronounces the words: ‘Behold the blood of the covenant which God had made with you.’
If this is the way of offering a sacrifice to God in the old covenant, the new way of offering sacrifice by Jesus is completely different. There is no need of the blood of the slaughtered animals. Jesus is the victim and after the final meal Jesus is going to die on the cross. Jesus offered himself to his Father and shed his blood on the cross. This is the one and only sacrifice which the letter to the Hebrews brings up. The first Christians found meaning in celebrating the Eucharist which was their prized moment to be united with their Lord. That practice has continued. The Eucharist continues to nurture the life of the faithful. May the Lord grant an increase of vocations to priesthood.

– AK
June 2018 Readings (9th Week in Ordinary Time)) Psalter Week 4
04 Mon (G) 2 Pet 1:2-7/ Ps 91:1-2, 14-16/ Mk 12:1-12
05 Tue (R) St Boniface, 2 Pet 3:12-15, 17-18/ Ps 90:2-4, 10, 14, 16/ Mk 12:13-17
06 Wed (G) St Norbert, 2 Tim 1:1-3, 6-12/ Ps 123: 1-2/ Mk 12:18-27
07 Thu (G) 2 Tim 2:8-15/ Ps 25:4-5, 8-10, 14/ Mk 12:28-34
08 Fri (W) THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS, Solemnity,
Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8-9/ Isa 12:2-6/ Eph 3:8-12, 14-19/ Jn 19:31-37
09 Sat (W) Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
2 Tim 4:1-8/ Ps 71:8-9, 14-17, 22/ Lk 2:41-51
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