Feast of Corpus Christi
Feast of the Body & Blood of Jesus
Ex. 24: 3-8 Heb. 9: 11-15 Mk. 14: 12-16, 22-26
Not a coherent, but a few random reflections and quotes are given on the theme of the Eucharist.
-Pope Paul VI in the encyclical, Mysterium Fidei, reminds us that the Eucharist is the highest gift that the Church received from Christ.
-“Although God is all wise, in all his wisdom, He could not find a better way to manifest his love than by the institution of the Eucharist . God is all rich yet in all this riches he could not find a gift more precious than the Eucharist. God is all powerful but with all the power at his disposal, he could not find anything greater to give to man than the Holy Eucharist.” – St. Augustine
-“There is only one thing God does not know. He does not know how he could give us a gift greater than himself and he has given us the gift of himself as bread in the Holy Eucharist.” – St. Augustine
-“If mere contact with the sacred flesh of Jesus gives life to a dead body, should we not experience effects still more wonderful when we receive the sacred Eucharist? Surely it must completely transform those who receive it into its own perfection, i.e. into immortality … corruptible as we are in flesh, we lose our weakness by ‘mingling’ and we are transformed into what is proper to the Eucharist, that is, into life. – St. Cyril of Alexandria
-Every time we eat food we do something which no scientist has ever been able to explain. i.e. we take into ourselves something dead and it gives us life. In the Eucharist, we are consuming the living Jesus. If so, how much more alive we must be.
-St. Teresa of Avila said that she could never doubt God’s presence in the Eucharist, and that she chucked to herself when he heard people saying that they wished they had been around, when Jesus was walking on earth.
-It can be said that one of the purposes of Jesus’ incarnation was to offer the world the gift of the Eucharist. A keen perusal of the gospels would reveal to us that Jesus’ life started with the Eucharist and ended with the Eucharist. The place where Jesus was born was Bethlehem, which means ‘the house of bread’. It certainly has Eucharistic connotation. Then the baby Jesus was placed in a manger – a place from where the cattle get their food. It is to say that Jesus was going to be the manger of the world – namely He is going to offer food to the world. Similarly his life ended with the Eucharist, since the institution of the Eucharist took place not in the Upper Room, but on Mount Calvary. Jesus’ offering of himself was done only symbolically in the Upper Room, but it took place in reality on Mount Calvary.
-Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan was a Vietnamese Cardinal. When he was a bishop, he was imprisoned by the Communist government in 1974. He spent about 13 years in prison, 9 of which was in solitary confinement. Since no news was transpired about him, people thought that he was killed and some Catholics offered Mass for him. However, he was released in 1991. He preached the annual retreat to Pope St. John Paul II and Roman Curia in the Jubilee year. During the retreat he shared that it was the Eucharist which sustained him during the dark periods in the prison. With a small bottle of wine which he managed to get in the name of medicine, he celebrated Mass with three drops of wine and a drop of water in the palm of his hand at night.
The Power of Blood:
The Bible keeps talking about the cleansing power of the blood ( 1 Peter 1:2). In today’s second reading, we read “For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God!”
Those who are washed with the blood of Christ are not affected by devil & dangers. How?
-In Egypt, the destroying angel saw the blood on the doors of the Israelites & did not dare to enter. So also when the devil, seeing the blood of Christ in his believers, does not dare to endanger them.
-Historical evidence points to the fact that all ancient societies held the same universal beliefs about the existence and nature of spiritual powers. They believed that the power, strength, and life – force of a victim was actually present in the victims’ blood. For this reasons the belief in blood sacrifice became a phenomenon common to all peoples. All peoples everywhere believed they could obtain spiritual power by drinking a victim’s blood . Making a spiritual comparison, the believer who spiritually drinks the blood of Jesus acquires by faith his power and activity. He acquires the spiritual strength of Jesus that is able to make him more than a conqueror. The ability to drink his blood allows one to acquire the power of Jesus, person as a victor over the world, the flesh and the devil. What pagan societies sought to obtain on a physical plane, Christians obtain through the realm of the spirit.
-“We were not bought with gold and silver, but with the precious blood of Xt. that is how our sins are forgiven, and that is why our blessed Lord prayed for our forgiveness our blessed Lord prayed for our forgiveness at the moment that the poured out his blood for us sinners. When the priest raises his hands in absolution over you, the blood of Christ is dripping from his fingers. We priests are hardly conscious of this great power. I think we would almost be shocked to death if we ever really realized it. But this is how the sin is absolved, by this blood of Christ.” – Fulton Sheen