June 22, 2014

Corpus Christi

June 22, 2014:  Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

  • 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 Missal, Benziger 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."
Pope Francis
  • Angelus:  Jesus didn't come to give something but to give himself, his life, as nourishment.  As disciples, we must imitate Him, making our existence a broken bread for others, just as he broke the bread that is his flesh.  Whenever we're nourished by the Body of Christ, Jesus and the Holy Spirit shape our heart and behavior:  the charity of Christ transforms us, makes us able to love like God, without limits, loving those who don't love us, hard as that is, confronting evil with good, forgiving, sharing, and welcoming.  We discover the joy of giving the gift we've received.  Our life, like Jesus', becomes a gift!  Remember God's love is without measure, and that by following Jesus, we make our life a gift.  Mary, help us rediscover the beauty of the Eucharist and make it the center of our lives.
  • Homily:  Memory is primarily the orienting presence of the past and the presence of the future in our consciousness.  As Moses recalled God's saving action, each of us can ask, what's my memory:  that of the Lord who saves me, or that of slavery?  God tells us, ‘I've fed you with manna you didn't know.’  Let us recover memory and learn to recognize the false bread that deceives and corrupts, the result of selfishness and sin.
    • Creighton:  Contemplate Jesus' goodness and God’s mercy in the Eucharist.  'This' (“do this in memory of me”) is Jesus' pouring himself out in service; you who are Christ's body, continue Jesus' saving work by being Christ for others, pouring yourself out for those most in need.  (Pope Urban VI inaugurated this celebration at St. Thomas Aquinas's request.)
    • One Bread One Body:  If we could receive and give communion in the deepest sense, our communions would change the world.
    • Universalis:  if not trumped by today's solemnity:  St. Paulinus of Nola, bishop; St. John Fisher, bishop and martyr; St. Thomas More, lawyer and martyr

    • "Children holding hands" pin:  he has blessed your children within you (psalm); 
    • "Peace sign" tie bar:  "He has granted peace in your borders" (psalm)
    • "Wheat" pin:  "with the best of wheat he fills you." (psalm)
    • "Cups" tie and "grapes" pin:  Isn't the cup we bless a participation in Christ's blood? (2nd reading)
    • "Silverware" tie bar, Red shirt:  whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in them
    • Oops, not visible:
      • "Lamb/sheep" tie bar:  Christ, Paschal Lamb, Good Shepherd (sequence)
      • "Dog" tie pin:  Don't let the Bread of children be cast to the dogs (sequence)
    Dress your life!

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