Reflection for June 23, 2019

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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Eucharist is Jesus' 'gift of himself with us always'

by Sister Mary Kabat

This Sunday takes us back to the table on that first Holy Thursday when Jesus gathered with his disciples. The disciples watched him take the bread and wine, declare them to be his body and blood, and invite them to eat, drink and receive him.

Our celebration of Holy Thursday each Holy Week quickly turns to the events of Good Friday. However, today our joy and thanksgiving can be full. Today we are invited to more fully appreciate Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, receive him more consciously and worship him in the Eucharist, the center of our Catholic spiritual life, the greatest treasure of the Church.

As declared at the Council of Trent in 1551, “in the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ are really, truly, substantially and abidingly present.”

Today let us celebrate Jesus’ gift to us, the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of our life together as the Church and Jesus’ gift of himself with us always.

Come, receive him. Come, worship him.
Come, know his love and solace. Come, take him to all you meet.

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