REFLECTIONS ON THE READINGS ON THE MOST BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (A) 18TH JUNE , 2017.
? Deut 8:2-3.14b-16a, Ps 147, 1Cor 10:16-17, Gosp Jn 6:51-58.
✍? FR. OGECHUKWU OKPULU.
? JESUS THE BREAD OF LIFE
Today, we celebrate the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Every living thing, plants, animals, human beings needs food to survive. Food is a basic necessity of life. Without food, one will fall sick, without food, one will die.
Man is both physical and spiritual. We need to sustain both by feeding them in order to be healthy and alive. We need material food to sustain our physical life, to stay alive physically. But there is another type of life, the spiritual that cannot be sustained by physical food, but spiritual food. This spiritual food is the Holy Eucharist. The three readings today centre on the Holy Eucharist.
In the first reading, the writer was reminding the Israelites not to forget that they are God’s chosen people, how God has been so caring to them especially his display of love in the desert when He fed them with manna to sustain them in their journey to the promised land.
God is very caring and very much interested in our well-being. He is always present at every moment of our life especially in difficult times when we are tempted to give up. Just as he provided the Israelites with manna in the desert to give them strength to reach the promised land, he also does the same for us, providing us with the strength we need spiritually to reach our heavenly homeland.
In the Gospel reading today, Jesus promised to give his audience his body to eat and his blood to eat for them to have eternal life. Only Jesus can offer us the bread of life, the Holy Eucharist. Jesus at the last super instituted this great sacrament , the greatest gift and treasure he left for his church.
Beloved how much do we appreciate this wonderful gift and treasure? Do we have reverential fear for the Holy Eucharist? Do we truly believe in the power of the Eucharist? How often do we visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament? Do we receive him unworthily? How is our comportment when we come forward to receive him?
Just as it is necessary we take care of our physical body with material food, we should also pay attention to our souls. We must make sure that our souls are well taken care of. We must avoid sin and try as much as possible to receive the Eucharist always in the state of grace. Just as physical food cannot benefit a dead body so too, the Eucharist cannot benefit a dead soul. i.e, a soul that is in the state of mortal sin.
When we receive the Eucharist worthily we are assimilated into Christ and united more closely to him. This is the point that St. Paul stresses in the second reading, the Eucharist should unite the Christian community. That is why the Eucharist is not only the celebration of our union with God and our identification with Christ, but is also the celebration of our union with each other.
Finally we pray for the grace to live a life worthy of the Holy Eucharist we receive, through Christ our Lord.??.
DO HAVE A FRUITFUL WEEK AHEAD AND GOD BLESS YOU.