Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for June 14, 2020

Reflection for June 14, 2020

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

We become one through receiving and sharing of Jesus  

by Sister Mary Kabat

The Body of Christ.  Amen.

Didn’t we long to hear those words spoken to us and to make our response of faith during the long “stay-at-home” time?  Instead we had to be content to pray the Mass via TV or through online opportunities. At the time of communion, we prayed for a spiritual communion with the Lord Jesus.

Because of that experience, I am drawn to the Second Reading from St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians (Cor 10:16-17.)  It is so brief yet so very full of meaning.  St. Paul first reminds us that the bread we break is truly a “participation” in the Body of Christ and that the cup we bless is truly a “participation” in the Blood of Christ. 

Participation -- why did St. Paul choose that word?   Participation means sharing, involvement, membership.  It is certainly much more than my personal proclamation and reception of the Body and Blood of Christ.  In the next verse of the reading it is clear why St. Paul chose that word.  He tells us that we, who receive the Lord Jesus, though we are many, become one.  We become one body.  We become the Body of Christ.

Didn’t we feel like we were “one” while doing what was asked of us during the “stay-at-home” time?  Yes, it was for our own safety, but also for the sake of our loved ones, co-workers, neighbors, healthcare workers, essential workers.  Our cooperation and our sacrifices were but one example of the participation Jesus asks of us.  As we say, “Amen” and receive the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, let us more consciously become Jesus who we receive and more selflessly share Jesus with all we meet.



06/12/2020 6:33 am

I experienced being "Body of Christ --" in the flesh -- as I was among those gathered in peaceful protest last Saturday and Sunday, for "Black Lives Matter," raising our voices in chant - as mantra and prayer - for the liberation of the oppressed. The spirit of solidarity was a visible and tangible form of communion, as we, with our diversity of gifts, personalities, cultures, and stories came together for the universal and common cause of truth, justice, equity, human dignity and created goodness of all peoples. There was a "living presence" among us. "We, though many, were one body."

Father Bill Jacobs
06/12/2020 7:11 am

I so appreciated your Reflection this morning, because as , I too, Celebrated Mass , alone, at home - I felt that "Lack of participation" Now, that we are back in a "semi-normal" fashion with 50-75 of my Brothers and Sisters in Christ gathered with me, it once again feels like we become "One Body." We become the Body of Christ.

Sister, Thank you for sharing.

Father Bill Jacobs

06/12/2020 9:05 am

We do need the presence of our bodies and souls, knowing we are One. Thank you, Sr. Mary, for your words of unity as we gather once again.

Irene Whatley
06/12/2020 9:14 am

Our parish has Mass and it feels so safe, social distancing and masks. It so good to be able to receive our Lord again and to be with people.

Sr Rose Jochmann
06/12/2020 11:08 am


Thank you for this reflection for this special feast. Thanks for the connection made between our Safe at Home and the way we could still "participate" in the Body and Blood of Christ.

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