June 22, 2014: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Brothers and sisters:
The cup of blessing that we bless,
is it not a participation in the blood of Christ?
The bread that we break,
is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
Because the loaf of bread is one,
we, though many, are one body,
for we all partake of the one loaf. (1 Corinthians 10:16-17)
Do you remember your First Communion when you first received the body and blood of Christ?
Did your family and your church family celebrate this very special occasion with you?
Today the Church celebrates the gift of Jesus, present to us in the bread broken and wine shared at the Eucharist. Jesus comes to each one of us when we participate by receiving the bread and wine. We remember his love and sacrifice as he asked us to do at the last supper. Today’s Epistle reminds us that Jesus draws together the church itself into one body, one community through the Eucharist.
With my church community, I thank Jesus for the gift of the Eucharist. I go about my day aware that Jesus is with me.