Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi.

Take it, this is my body.

The Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. From it we draw grace and mercy, peace and joy. It is the high point of our spiritual week, our moment of transcendence. We come close to the Lord who makes himself present to us in word and sacrament.

It is the one perfect sacrifice offered for the salvation of all of us, the memorial of the Lord’s passion and resurrection. In our celebration of the sacrament Christ unites with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to the Eternal Father. By eating the Body of Christ, we become the body of Christ, his Church.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

 

Sunday.

Then Moses took the blood and cast it towards the people. ‘This’, he said, ‘is the blood of the Covenant that the Lord has made with you, containing all these rules. (Exodus 24:8)

  • Why did Moses sprinkle people with the bull’s blood?
  • What does the idea of Covenant mean?
  • What are the rules bound up with the Covenant?
  • Listen to the Lord who makes Covenant with you.

 

Monday.

How can I repay the Lord for his goodness to me? The cup of salvation I will raise; I will call on the Lord’s name. (Psalm 115:12-13)

  • What is the goodness that the Lord had given you?
  • Do you ever think that you can repay the Lord?
  • What does the cup of salvation mean to you?
  • Listen to the Lord who is good to you.

 

Tuesday.

 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer are sprinkled on those who have incurred defilement and they restore the holiness of their outward lives; how much more effectively the blood of Christ, who offered himself as the perfect sacrifice to God through the eternal Spirit, can purify our inner self from dead actions so that we do our service to the living God. (Hebrews 14:13-14)

  • When do we use blood and ash to restore our holiness?
  • Have you ever felt that you incurred defilement?
  • What does the perfect sacrifice mean to you?
  • Listen to the Lord who purifies you.

 

Wednesday.

Alleluia, Alleluia! I am the living bread which has come down from heaven, says the Lord. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever. Alleluia! (John 6:51-52)

  • Reflect on the place of the Eucharist in your life.
  • What does ‘living bread’ mean to you?
  • Reflect on the promise of living forever.
  • Listen to the Lord who came down from heaven for you.

 

Thursday.

On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was sacrificed, his disciples said to Jesus, ‘Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover. (Mark 14:12)

  • What do you know about the Jewish feast of Passover?
  • Why is the lamb sacrificed?
  • What do you need to do to prepare for the Lord who eats with you?
  • Listen to the Lord who is sacrificed for you.

 

Friday

And as they were eating he took some bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to them. ‘Take it,’ he said, ‘this is my body.’  (Mark 14:22)

  • Reflect on your experience of participating in Mass.
  • What does eating the Body of Christ mean to you?
  • What else does Jesus give you?
  • Listen to the Lord who gives himself to you.

 

Saturday

Then he took a cup, and when he had returned thanks he gave it to them, and all drank from it, and he said to them, ‘This is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many.  (Mark 14:23-24)

  • Reflect on the experience of drinking from the chalice.
  • What does drinking the precious blood mean to you?
  • Why do some people not receive from the chalice?
  • Listen to the Lord who poured out his blood for you.
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