Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

World Blood Donor Day

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 11 The Celebration of Vigils on Sunday
Mass: Dt 8:2-3, 14b-16a; Resp Ps 147; 1 Cor 10:16-17; Sequence (Laud, O Zion); Jn 6:51-58

Glorify the Lord, Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion.


We have the privilege of celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ; the holy Eucharist. Our faith teaches us that the Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life" (CCC 1324/LG 11). Furthermore and "in brief, the Eucharistic celebration is the sum and summary of our faith: 'Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking' (St Irenaeus)" (CCC 1324).

We ask the living and true God, present in His Most Holy Body and Blood, to help us appreciate this gift and never take it for granted, especially in these days when so many continue to be deprived of receiving the Body and Blood of Our Lord. May we further become what we already are, that is, the Body of Christ.

When receiving the Eucharist each person must remember that he or she is falling into the arms of God like someone dying of hunger in the wilderness of this life.
(Hans Urs von Balthasar)

Jesus is present in the Sacrament of the Eucharist to be our nourishment, to be assimilated and become in us that renewing force that gives energy and the desire to set out again after every pause or fall. 
(Pope Francis, Angelus Address, June 14, 2020)

Today's photo: This sweet one in our second field, captured yesterday.

NB. CCC: Catechism of the Catholic Church; LG: Lumen Gentium Light of the Nations Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.

© Gertrude Feick 2020

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