Feast of Corpus Christi Year B 2018

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Gospel Reflection for Corpus Christi, Year B, June 3rd 2018

Full scripture for this Sunday  is available on our parish website. Daily Scripture is also available.


Mark 14:12-16. 22-26


Asking why Jesus left himself to us in bread and wine, body and blood we might say that like all food it was to give substance and energy to our souls in following him.

A preacher once asked ‘what are the most important words of the Mass? People said the consecration or the great elevation. After many years of celebrating and receiving the Eucharist, he now would say that the most important words are the last words, ‘glorify the Lord with your lives’ or ‘to love and serve the Lord’.

I got what he was at. The purpose of the Eucharist is not to adore Christ but to get food and energy to follow him in service. The Eucharist only makes sense when it becomes Eucharist in action.

When we celebrate the feast today, it is to give thanks for the help for our lives that the Eucharist is. Like bread and wine, it is in the ordinary that we serve Jesus. In care for family especially the child and the elderly; in caring for the poor, sick and difference people who live in poverty;  in being kind, compassionate and friendly in ordinary life.

This is not always easy; coming to Mass means that in hearing the word and receiving the Eucharist we are strengthened like ordinary food strengthens our ordinary lives. Any of our Eucharistic adoration and devotion is with that in view, to become more like the servant Christ who gives us his body and blood.

Thank you Lord for the help you give us in the Mass, to live our daily lives in your love and service.

Donal Neary SJ

Fr Donal Neary SJ is the Editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger  Magazine


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