Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi.

They all ate as much as they wanted.

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/child is 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.

Jesus made the crowds welcome and talked to them about the kingdom of God; and he cured those who were in need of healing. (Luke 9:11)

  • Imagine yourself among the crowd, feel Jesus welcome you.
  • What do you need him to cure?
  • What does Jesus teach you about the kingdom of God?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his healing will.

 

Monday.

It was late afternoon when the Twelve came to him and said, ‘Send the people away, and they can go to the villages and farms round about to find lodging and food; for we are in a lonely place here.’ He replied, ‘Give them something to eat yourselves.’ (Luke 9:12-13)

  • Reflect on Jesus’ care for the crowd.
  • What is the Lord asking of you today?
  • What needs do you bring before the Lord?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about what he expects of you.

 

Tuesday.

Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven, and said the blessing over them; then he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute among the crowd. They all ate as much as they wanted, and when the scraps remaining were collected they filled twelve baskets. (Luke 9:16-17)

  • Notice Jesus ‘took’ and ‘blessed’ the bread. How is that reflected at Mass?
  • Notice Jesus ‘broke’ and gave the bread. How is that reflected at Mass?
  • How much grace is left over in you to share with others?
  • Let the Lord speak to you about his gift to 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.

‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me.’ Until the Lord comes, therefore, every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming his death. (1 Corinthians 11:26)

  • What place does the Precious Blood play in your life?
  • What place does the Holy Eucharist play in your life?
  • How do you proclaim the death of Jesus in your life?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about the gift of the Eucharist.

 

Friday

The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change. ‘You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.’  (Psalm 109:4)

  • What promises has the Lord made to you?
  • How do you share in the priesthood of Christ?
  • What sacrifices do you offer to the Lord every day?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about priesthood.

 

Saturday

Melchizedek king of Salem brought bread and wine; he was a priest of God Most High. He pronounced this blessing: Blessed be Abraham by God Most High, creator of heaven and earth, and blessed be God Most High for handing over your enemies to you.’ And Abraham gave him a tithe of everything.  (Genesis 14:18-20)

  • What blessings have you received from the Lord?
  • What blessings do you give to others?
  • Why does Abraham give him the tithe?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his blessings.
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