Reflection of June 18, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Jesus: Our abiding companion on the journey

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Feast of Corpus Christi highlights God's gifts through the ages

by Sister Laura Zelten

Companionship, self-sacrifice and teaching the faith. We celebrate these gifts twice on Sunday – once for Father’s Day and again for the Feast of Corpus Christi.

The Feast of Corpus Christi draws our attention to Jesus’ abiding Eucharistic presence for us. Each scripture reading refers to a meal that is shared and its effects.

  • The manna reminded the people of the Exodus that they were not alone on their journey. They needed God. They needed the community. They were on a journey of liberation that was bigger than themselves.
  • In the second reading, the Eucharist reminded the Corinthians that they shared one bread and, thus, were one people. The meal called them to unity and solidarity.
  • In the Gospel, the dialogue with Jesus reminds us that we are nourished for the "life of the world.”  The Eucharist sends us forth for a mission of liberation. Our Eucharist celebrates and challenges our sharing and our relationship with each other. We celebrate God’s love for us, God’s desire to be with us every day in the most intimate way possible when we say “Amen.”

Does my life reflect the joy of knowing and receiving God’s gift of love poured forth through Jesus’ offering of his Body and Blood? Do I appreciate that the Eucharist makes me part of a community, the very body of Christ?

Lord Jesus, help me to say “yes” to your presence in the sacrament of the Eucharist so I may also say “yes” to your presence in me and in all those I encounter day by day.  Amen.


2 Comment(s)

  • Linda: Friday, June 16, 2017

    What if the last 'prayer,' as written here, is reversed ... What if I say "YES" to goodness, and beauty, and rightfulness, and kindness, and caring, and compassion, and truthfulness, and (w) holiness, and wellness, and integrity, and awesome-ness, and reverence, and playfulness, and delightfulness, and sincere-ness and wonderful-ness within myself; and I say "YES" to these qualities within others -- within so, so very many others -- all others, who, like myself are soul-images of Goodness, and Beauty, and Rightfulness, and Kindness, and Caring, and Compassion, and Truthfulness, and (W) Holiness, and Wellness, and Integrity, and Awesome-ness, and Reverence, and Playfulness, and Delightfulness, and Sincere-ness, and Wonderful-ness, and however and wherever these soul-image-and-likeness qualities are marred, we seek healing for one and every other ... What would our experience and expression of Eucharist look like, then? What if we actually WERE 'the body of ...' "CHRIST?" What would a procession on "Corpus Christi" Sunday look like, then?
    (Just thinking ... religious imagination ... awareness ... wondering ... pondering ... holding all ... in my heart ... eucharist as contemplation ... communion as social action ... for the good of each ... for the good of all ... for the 'common good')

    What if I 'see' these qualities within children? What if 'I am' a 'child' of God? What then?

  • Ellen Kane: Friday, June 16, 2017

    Thank you, Sr. Laura, you exhibit that love so beautifully by being you and welcoming all to the table of communion.