June 18, 2017

Corpus Christi

June 18, 2017:  Body and Blood of Christ

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    Angelus:  Jesus is the living bread descended from heaven.  The Father sent him into the world as the food of eternal life, and for this reason he sacrificed himself on the Cross, donating his body and shedding his blood.  In the Eucharist, Jesus, as he did with the disciples of Emmaus, accompanies us pilgrims to nourish our faith, hope, and charity, to comfort us in trials, and to support us in our commitment to justice and peace.  Feeding on Jesus in the Eucharist also means abandoning ourselves with confidence and letting him lead us.
    Today's homily (précis)
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    • Dt 8:2-3, 14b-16a  Moses:  "Remember how the Lord directed you in the desert, testing you.  He let you go hungry then fed you to show you one doesn't live by bread alone but by God's word.  Don't forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, guided you through the desert, brought forth water from the rock, and fed you in the desert."
    Wordle: Readings 6-22-14
    • Ps 147:12-15, 19-20  "Praise the Lord, Jerusalem," for he has strengthened your gates, blessed your children, granted peace, filled you with the best of wheat, proclaimed his word to Israel...
    • 1 Cor 10:16-17  Isn't the cup we bless a participation in Christ's blood?  Isn't the bread we break a participation in Christ's body?  Because the loaf is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.
    • Sequence - Lauda Sion  ...The Bread of Angels is made pilgrims' food: let the Bread of children not be cast to dogs.  It was prefigured when Isaac was immolated, when the Paschal Lamb was sacrificed, when manna was given to our ancestors.  Good Shepherd, True Bread, Jesus, have mercy on us, feed us, protect us, and make us see good things in the land of the living.  You who know and can do all things, who feed us, make us your guests, co-heirs, and companions of the citizens of heaven.  (see Britt, The Hymns of the Breviary and MissalBenziger 1922, pp. 181-184)
    • Jn 6:51-58  "I'm the living bread from heaven; whoever eats it will live forever, and I'll raise them on the last day; the bread I'll give is my flesh for the life of the world.  My flesh is true food and my blood true drink; whoever eats and drinks remains in me and I in them.  As the Father sent me and I have life because of him, one who feeds on me will have life because of me."
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    The Last Supper/ de Boulogne
    • Creighton:  This feast wasn't celebrated till the 13th Century, it really started at the Last Supper, where we received a lasting gift we're privileged to have.  Elsewhere the Bible also mentions how God feeds us.  Moses reminds the Israelites that God directed their journey and provided manna, unknown heavenly food.  But they didn't fully grasp the gift.
    As part of the body of Christ, we must live as members of the body and serve one another.  In the gospel, Jesus explains the "new manna" that will nourish, save, and sustain them.  May we embrace this gift, the blessings we've received, and the expectations of being given eternal life.  How do we live this gift?  On this Fathers Day we think of how our Father provides for us.  His Son's presence strengthens and sustains us.  The Church unites us with him and each other....
    • Passionist:  The Body and Blood of Christ represents the sacrifice Jesus made to save us; he gave us his all out of love for us.  When we celebrate the Eucharist, we believe Jesus is really present in the bread and wine, and so we take Jesus' self-gift into ourselves.  What are we to do with the gift?  Give thanks and give ourselves.  As we share Jesus' love, we begin to see others with different eyes.  The gift of Jesus ties us together.  If we believe sharing Jesus' Body and Blood gives us life, we're compelled to go outside ourselves and help others see the gifts of their lives and see how much Jesus loves them....
    • DailyScripture.net:  "Eat this bread and live forever":  The manna that sustained the Israelites on their journey foreshadowed prefigured Jesus, the true heavenly bread who can satisfy our deepest hunger.  The Eucharist celebrates his passing over to his Father by his death and resurrection; it fulfills the Jewish Passover and anticipates the final Passover in the glory of God's kingdom.  In the Eucharist the Lord offers God's very life and invites us to take it into the center of our being.  At the Lord's table are intimate union with Christ, healing, strength, pardon, comfort, and rest, more than we can imagine.  We receive the "one bread that provides the medicine of immortality, the antidote for death, and the food that makes us live forever in Christ" (Ignatius of Antioch, Ad Eph. 20:2).
    Dress legend
    • 'Wheat' pin:  The Lord fed you with manna to show you you don't live by bread alone... (1st reading); he fills you with the best of wheat (psalm); the bread is a participation in Christ's body (2nd reading); bread set before you (sequence); "I am the living bread" (gospel)
    • 'Rock' tie pin:  ...and brought forth water for you from the rock (1st reading)
    • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  The Lord has granted you peace (psalm); our sacrifice of peace (sequence)
    • 'Children' pin:  The Lord has blessed your children (psalm)
    • '1' button (thanks, OneLife LA):  We who partake in the one loaf are one body (2nd reading)
    • 'Blood drop' pin:  The cup we bless is a participation in Christ's blood (2nd reading); he turns wine into his blood (sequence); you who drink my blood will remain in me and have eternal life (gospel)
    • 'Crown' tie bar:  Christ, your king (sequence)
    • 'Hands' pin:  Bread from the Lord's hands (sequence)
    • 'Musical note' tie pin:  Ring out your chanting (sequence)
    • 'Heart' pin:  Let praises burst from your heart (sequence)
    • 'Street light' tie bar:  Light dispels night's gloom (sequence)
    • 'Silverware' tie bar:  Last Supper (sequence)
    • Flesh-colored suspenders and tie background:  The bread I'll give is my flesh; you who eat it will remain in me and have eternal life (gospel); "Body and Blood of Christ" solemnity
    • 'Fruit' pin:  The Bread of Angels is made pilgrims' food (sequence)
    • 'Lamb' and 'sheep' tie bars:  Christ, Paschal Lamb, Good Shepherd (sequence)
    • 'Dogs' tie:  Don't let the bread of children be cast to the dogs (sequence)
    • Red and white shirt:  Red for blood, white for today's feast