Audio Readings June 26, 2011 The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14-16; Psalm 147:12-15,19-20; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; John 6:51-58

The Body and Blood of Christ

Not by bread alone does man live. (Deuteronomy 8:3) 

Imagine entering a restaurant  where the owner promises: “Our  food will give you so much vitality  that you’ll never go hungry again.  Not only that, you’ll never weaken,  get sick, or even die!” Wouldn’t you  think that the owner was either a  con artist or deranged? Yet in a spiritual  sense, this is the claim that Jesus  made when he said that he was “the  bread that came down from heaven.  … Whoever eats this bread will live  forever” (John 6:58).

“This bread” that Jesus is talking  about is the life that he offers  to us every time we celebrate the  Eucharist. He is the food that  makes us immortal, the drink that  quenches our thirst forever. Sound  impossible? Not for anyone who  believes that “all things are possible  for God” (Mark 10:27)!

Have you ever noticed how much  of an emphasis Jesus placed on his  promise that those who ate of him  in faith will live forever: “I will raise  him on the last day” (John 6:54)?  Imagine: We will have a glorified  body that will radiate the very holiness  and power of our God!

This promise of the Second Coming pervades the celebration of the Mass. The Nicene Creed, for instance, states that Jesus will “come again in glory.” In the Sanctus, we proclaim: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Even the Memorial Acclamation is emphatic: “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.” This short prayer, in fact, sums up the entire gospel message—and one-third of that prayer is the Second Coming!

At every Mass, we are reminded  that Jesus will return. The exact hour  is hidden in God’s design, yet we can  be certain that he will come again as  the King of Love. For this, we should  always give praise!

“Lord Jesus, we await your  coming. You will come in power, yet  in tenderness. May we prepare for  your coming by our faith, hope, and  love.” ~wau



About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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