Scriptures: Deuteronomy 8: 2-3, 14-16; 1 Corinthians 10: 16-17; John 6: 51-58
In our readings today from Deuteronomy and St. Paul we hear about manna and the bread that is the Body of Christ.
Today, on the Feast of the Body of Christ, there are the reminders that the bread and wine we received at Mass… the Body and Blood of Christ that we received at Mass weekly, like the manna that God gave daily to the people of Israel is meant to bring us together.
This Eucharist we receive every week is meant to make us more Christ-like.
The Eucharist we receive every week is meant to make us more concerned, more attentive to the people on our planet earth and in our personal day to day lives.
The Eucharist we receive every week is a reminder that we have been nourished, we have been blessed by God to be a blessing to one another and others every day.
The Eucharist we receive every week is a reminder that we need to constantly find a better way to love one another. We are meant to be a community, caring for one another.
The Eucharist we receive every week is a reminder that for Jesus there is never them and us, for Jesus, we are all us!
The Eucharist we receive every week is meant to nourish us, to transform us into a person, a people, a parish, a community, the body of Christ, with Jesus as the head, the leader if you will. With Jesus working in and through us daily to bring his message of life, love, hope and so much more to you and me, and all we meet daily. A message of word and action that will fulfill the deepest needs of all.
We are the body of Christ (as the song says) and as St. Teresa of Avila said so well:
“Christ has no body now but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours.
You are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion looks out on the world.”