The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
Be careful not to forget the Lord. (Deuteronomy 8:11)
Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16;Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; John 6:51-58
The Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land, and Moses wanted to make sure that they would stay faithful to God once they were established in their new home. So he gathered them together and recounted all that God had done for them during their desert journey.
Moses recalled the ten plagues and the parting of the Red Sea. He reminded them that during their years of wandering the desert, “the clothing did not fall from you in tatters, nor did your feet swell” (Deuteronomy 8:4). And most important, he reminded them how God had fed them every day with manna. If they could just remember God’s goodness, the people would be more willing to serve the Lord and put their trust in him.
Fast-forward to the Last Supper, when Jesus first instituted the Eucharist, telling us, “Do this in memory of me” (Luke 22:19). Just as Moses told the Israelites, Jesus now asks us to remember him and his goodness. He wants us to keep in mind all that the Mass represents: his incarnation as a man, his teachings, his mercy, his miracles, and his death and resurrection. He has told us that as we break the bread in memory of him, he will be with us, feeding us with his own divine life and grace.
How blessed we are! The manna sustained the Israelites during their earthly journey, but Jesus’ bread of life sustains us for eternal life. The manna came from heaven down to earth, but the bread of life comes from the earth and lifts us up to heaven. The manna reminded the people of the Lord, but the bread of life is the Lord.
So when you receive Communion today, remember who you are receiving and what he did for you—and don’t forget it for the rest of the day! Remembering will help you stay focused on your eternal heritage. It will help you obey God’s commands. And most important, it will convince you that nothing can separate you from the love of God!
“Jesus, help me to remember your love today and every day.”~WAU