CORPUS CHRISTI

Mark 14: 12 – 16; 22 – 26

Father, your Word is a tree of life that offers blessed fruit in abundance.

Like the rock gushing water in the desert, it is for each of us a refreshing fountain.

“All ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink.”

The Feast of Corpus Christi calls us to reflect deeply on the wonderful gifts that Jesus has given us.  The Vatican Council reminds us:

“The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures just as she venerated the body of the Lord, since from the table of both the Word of God and of the Body Christ she unceasingly receives and offers the faithful the bread of life, especially in the sacred liturgy.”1

Pope John Paul has some sound advice for us.

“In the new millennium, we are called to contemplate Christ with a gaze fixed, more than ever, on the face of the Lord.  But where does one concretely contemplate the face of Christ?  Christ is truly present in his Word and in the Sacraments, especially in the Eucharist.  Recognizing him requires a gaze of faith which is acquired through the habitual reading of the Word of God.”2

Both of these quotations should be read and re-read.  There is much for us to reflect on here.  Much that will bring transformation to our lives.

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It is now time to read and reflect on Mk 14: 12 – 16; 22 – 26

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We are going to reflect on just one verse of today’s reading.

26 “Then, after singing a hymn,   ….”

It was customary at the time of Jesus to end the Pascal Meal by singing one of the Hallel Psalms, also known as the Psalms of Ascent (Ps 113 – 118).  The favourite was Ps 118.  We will take time to reflect on a few verses from these psalms.  As you read and pray from these psalms try to identify the “Qualities of our God”.  I have highlighted some of these qualities.

1Praise, O servants of the Lord,

praise the name of the Lord!

2Blessed be the name of the Lord

now and forever.

4High above all nations is the Lord;

above the heavens God’s glory.

5Who is like the Lord our God?

7He lifts up the poor from the dust

and the needy from the ash heap.

9He gives a home to the barren woman,

and makes her a joyful mother.

Praise the Lord.   (Ps 113)

1When Israel came out of Egypt,

the family of Jacob from a foreign people,

2Judah became his holy place,

Israel his possession.   (Ps 114)

1Not to us, O Lord, not to us,

but to your name be glory,

for the sake of your love and faithfulness. 

9O Israel, trust in the Lord,

He is our help and shield!

12The Lord remembers us and will bless us;

He will bless the family of Israel;

He will bless the family of Aaron;

He will bless those who fear the Lord,

Both the small and the great.

15May you be blessed by the Lord. (Ps 115)

1I love the Lord, for he has heard

my voice in supplication

4I called upon the name of the Lord:

“O Lord save my life!”

5Gracious and holy is the Lord;

full of compassion is our God.

9I will walk before the Lord

in the land of the living.

16O Lord, I am your servant,

truly your servant, your handmaid’s son.

You have freed me from my bonds. (Ps 116)

If at any time during the whole course of reading and reflecting on these psalms you feel moved to stop and pray in the words of the psalm feel free to so.  Perhaps the following psalm could be your response to our God.

I give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,

his love is everlasting!

Let the House of Israel say it,

‘His love is everlasting.”

Let those who fear Yahweh say it,

‘His love is everlasting.’

Hard-pressed, I invoked Yahweh,

            he heard me and came to my relief.

With Yahweh on my side, I fear nothing.

With Yahweh on my side, best help of all,

            I can triumph over my weaknesses.  (Ps 118)

Yes indeed, we have much to give thanks for, to our God.

As we receive the Eucharist let us be mindful of what a great God we have.  when we see Jesus we see God.

“All those who eat his body and drink his blood become part of his own person and make up a new people, the beginning of new humanity whose only law is to serve all our fellowmen and women.

Whoever receives communion undertakes in front of all the community to make his or her life identical to the life of Christ.  One promises total dedication to serving one’s brothers and sisters.”

  1. Dogmatic Constitution of Divine Revelation – Dei Verbum. 1965 – (21)
  2. Starting Afresh From Christ. 2002  – (23)
  3. Anmeline F; Celebrating the Word, Year B;  p157