Gospel Reflection for Feast of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) Year C – May 29th 2016
Jesus made the crowds welcome and talked to them about the kingdom of God; and he cured those who were in need of healing.
It was late afternoon when the Twelve came to him and said, ‘Send the people away, and they can go to the villages and farms round about to find lodging and food; for we are in a lonely place here.’ He replied, ‘Give them something to eat yourselves.’ But they said, ‘We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we are to go ourselves and buy food for all these people.’ For there were about five thousand men. But he said to his disciples, ‘Get them to sit down in parties of about fifty.’ They did so and made them all sit down. Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven, and said the blessing over them; then he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute among the crowd. They all ate as much as they wanted, and when the scraps remaining were collected they filled twelve baskets.
Food and wine give energy, this is a real meaning of the feast today. It is not just for adoration or prayer; but in the prayer of the Eucharist, to give energy for our Christian life.
Justice and compassion are the fruits of living our Christian faith. Each time we receive the gift of Christ’s body and blood, we receive a gift that has the capacity to change us and make us whole, and active in our faith.
Our life and the lives of others will be transformed when we share what we have received and become people who imitate the love and compassion of Jesus.
WHAT WE HAVE RECEIVED
As we go from this place of worship, may we not forget what we have received but live it in the week ahead, allowing it to affect our decisions and our relationships. When we are able to do this the world itself may be transformed.
This transformation of the world begins at home: in myself and in the ordinary relationships of our lives. Our contemplation of the body and blood of Jesus has one eye on him, and one eye on our world.
This body and blood are fruits of the earth: the Eucharist gives a third eye: an eye to notice the appeal for care from our earth.
Lord, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger