The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ [Cycle B] – June 6, 2021
Exodus 24:3-8 | Psalm 116 | Hebrews 9:11-15 | Mark 14:12-16, 22-26
From the Letter to the Hebrews:
‘If the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkling of a heifer’s ashes can sanctify those who are defiled, how much more will the blood of Christ cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.’
Reflection by Br. Carlos Salas, OP:
God offers us Himself in the Most Holy Eucharist that we might be healed from the trace of our sins and saved. God has made a covenant with us, His people. The outpouring of Christ’s Blood was prefigured in the Old Testament writings. Moses sprinkled some of the animal’s blood on the people as a sign of the covenant that the Lord made with His people. Christ offered us His Body to eat and His Blood to drink. At Communion, we re-seal that covenant made with God. When we receive the Eucharist, we experience heaven, which is being in the state of Communion with God. Eucharist is the closest experience of heaven on Earth. At the Sacrament of Penance, our soul is cleansed; at Eucharist, we are nurtured, healed, we become more like Him, we are saved.
Something to think about:
- At the Last Supper, Jesus Christ asked His disciples to find the guest room to eat the Passover-where He instituted the Sacrament of Eucharist. Jesus said, “he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready.” When we approach the Eucharist at Communion, our room (our soul) must be furnished and ready. We owe respect, reverence, and a clear conscience to accept God’s invitation of union with Him at Eucharist.
- Psalm 116 is one of my preferred to pray as a professed religious: “My vows to the LORD I will pay in the presence of all his people.” This verse can be applied to all Christians, for we pay our vows of love for God by the way we live our lives. How do I see my relationship with God, especially in the Eucharist?