Sunday, June 3
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Mark 14: 12-16, 22-26
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
when they sacrificed the Passover lamb,
Jesus’ disciples said to him,
“Where do you want us to go
and prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
He sent two of his disciples and said to them,
“Go into the city and a man will meet you,
carrying a jar of water.
Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house,
‘The Teacher says, “Where is my guest room
where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”‘
Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready.
Make the preparations for us there.”
The disciples then went off, entered the city,
and found it just as he had told them;
and they prepared the Passover.
While they were eating,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, gave it to them, and said,
“Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them,
and they all drank from it.
He said to them,
“This is my blood of the covenant,
which will be shed for many.
Amen, I say to you,
I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine
until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Then, after singing a hymn,
they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Jesus’ last supper is a Passover meal in which he unties his followers with his passion and death for the redemption of the world. He does this the night before he goes to his own death on the Cross.
His gift of himself in the bread and wine, the body and blood which he shares is His lasting gift to the Church and t the world.
Each and every week and each time we come to celebrate Mass, we remember what He did for us and the great commission He gave to his disciples long ago and now to us is to go out and live as He lived and to speak as He spoke about justice and mercy and forgiveness.
The Eucharist, the Body and Blood of the Risen Christ, is our unmerited gift that St. John tells us in his gospel, “the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.”