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Corpus Christi Sunday
Jun 25, 2019 | Christ, communion, Corpus Christi Sunday, God's Kingdom, Gospel, heaven, Mass readings, reflections
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1st Reading: Genesis 14:18-20
Resp. Psalm Psalm 110:1, 2, 3, 4
2nd Reading: 1st Corinthians 11:23-26
Gospel: Luke 9:11b-17
The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is very important because this is how Jesus chooses to sustain and nourish us spiritually and physically. Our bodies taste bread and wine but our spirits taste the Living God. This is what St Catherine of Siena said.
The Gospel recalls the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fish. This is the only miracle that is in all four gospels. The Lord knows how important sustenance is and He makes sure that this need is met. Just like the Communion fast that we observe before Mass, our souls are fed first then the body.
St. Luke emphasizes in his gospel, that the Kingdom of God is a great feast. There are foreshadowings of this in the Old Testament, the feeding of the crowds in the New Testament which points towards the great messianic banquet in Heaven. The Last Supper is the first part of this banquet. We are so fortunate that we can participate at this banquet every Sunday and better yet everyday if we so choose. As Archbishop Sheen once said, our heaven or our hell begins here on earth. It is within our grasp to make a decision to keep as close to God as we can - today to ensure that we will be at the second part of the messianic banquet in Heaven.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD