Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for June 6, 2021

Reflection for June 6, 2021

Nourishing and transforming

Sunday's solemnity celebrates the gift of Eucharist

by Sister Jane Riha

This Sunday we celebrate the beautiful Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. We celebrate the Eucharist, the real presence of Jesus. Perhaps this year, this feast will fill us with even greater joy and gratitude as we slowly emerge from the isolation of the pandemic. Participating with our parish community or faith community is a gift that can’t be replaced by watching the Mass on television.

The feast we celebrate has deep roots in our ancestral history in the Old Testament. The covenant of God with His people in the desert was sealed with the sprinkling of blood. The people felt God’s protective care as they were nourished with manna in their hunger. The Letter to the Hebrews in the New Testament refers to the mediator of a new covenant who offers Himself for us.

Many of us have received the Eucharist and participated in Mass for decades, perhaps from childhood. This feast is a time to reflect on your First Communion and your growth in faith over these years. Something so marvelous and powerful in our lives can also be taken for granted.

The Eucharist unites us as the People of God in our local church and with the global community. More than ever, we are aware of the interconnectedness with people of various cultures and races all over the world. As others throughout our world celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the Mass, we are united in the love of God. It calls us forth to be persons of love who radiate Christ’s presence wherever life brings us.

During the consecration of the Mass, we hear these words: “Take this all of you, and eat of it, for this is my Body, which will be given up for you” and “Take this all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me.” This is Jesus truly present to nourish us and transform our lives. May this prayerful and communal experience inspire us to be the face of Jesus to those we meet during this coming week.


Cindi Brawner
06/04/2021 7:26 am

Beautiful reflection, Sr Jane.

Sr Laura
06/04/2021 8:13 am

Such a reflective piece. Thanks Jane.

06/04/2021 9:05 am

"Pan de vida", bread of life, companions on the journey...thank you for reminding us.

Irene Whatley
06/04/2021 4:15 pm

I am so grateful to be able to go back to our parish for the liturgy. Holy Communion is just so important to me.

06/05/2021 4:58 pm

Thank you sister Jane for this reflection. Thanks be to God that your parishioners are now back attending Mass in the church. Please pray for us since most of our people are still attending Mass online due to the increasing number of covid infections.

Father Bill Jacobs
06/05/2021 6:45 pm

Dear Sister!

Thanks for your beautiful Reflection.

I liked your "global emphasis!" Yes, we are all one. (One Bread & One Cup!)

God Bless you - tell everyone Fr. Bill says "Hi!" and misses you folks,

Fr. Bill

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