The Body and Blood of Christ Solemnity
First Reading: Deuteronomy 8: 2-3, 14-16
Remember the long way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commandments. (2)
In our hunger and thirst, what do we decide to choose? When we remain humble we can request God to satisfy our every need. But often, we try to solve our problems through our own strength and power. It is this great snare that we find ourselves in when we have tried all the means offered by the world. No man-made mechanism can provide us the quenching still, sweet waters like those from the rock which God provides. Amen.
May the good Lord allow us to remember this wonderful truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 147: 12-15, 19-20
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you. (12-13)
Amen, The Lord is with us! He protects us from mighty persecutions, He safeguards his people like a shepherd guards his flock. Amen!
Second Reading: First Corinthians 10: 16-17
Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. (17)
Christ Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper. (Mt.26:26-28, Lk.22:14-20, Mk.14 :22-24, Jn. 13-17) At the Holy Eucharist, the Holy Spirit blesses the bread and wine and we receive Christ Jesus in person in our hearts. (CCC 1105, 1106) By the communion of the Holy Spirit, we form Christ’s body. (CCC 1108)
Only when the Holy Spirit grants us faith, we can be brought together in communion with our brothers and sisters. It is then that we are truly made one body, in Jesus’ name. Amen!
We ask the Lord GOD to grant us the eyes of faith, in JESUS’ name. Amen!
Gospel: John 6: 51-58
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” (51)
For my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. (55)
To understand these words of Christ, we must listen to him with the ears of faith. His body and blood are nourishment for my soul and it is made real in the form of the bread that I can physically see and taste! GOD doesn’t get any more real than this! He is alive in us! Alleluia, Amen, Alleluia!
Praise You Lord GOD, the Almighty, He who was, who is, and who is to come. Amen!
Happy Feast of the Corpus Christi! Amen, Alleluia!