Eat This Bread; Drink This Cup

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 06/04/2015

in Easter

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)–Cycle B
June 7, 2015

“Then after signing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”
(Mark 14:26)

Eat This Bread; Drink This Cup

On this Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, Here I am Lord. God in His goodness has given us the Gift of Finest Wheat. People of God are As Grains of Wheat. We are God’s Holy Gift.

Unless a Grain of Wheat is planted in the dark tomb of the earth to die, it cannot rise up to earth’s light. Living in the light, we can say with Jesus, “I am the Bread of Life” and can  become Bread for the World.

The Bread that We Share makes us One in You. The Lord invites the congregation In The Breaking of the Bread, this Gift of Finest Wheat, to abide with Him as Bread, Blessed and Broken.

Lamb of God,
Lamb of God,
Lamb of God,
Striking my breast and with deep humility, I pray, “Lord, I am not worthy.”
Yet, Jesus gently invites us with, “Taste and See; Eat This Bread.”

Still, knowing my weakness and frailty, once more I whisper to my Lord and my God, “Lord, to Whom Shall We Go?” If the people in this service do not accept the invitation, where can they search to find anything that surpasses Corpus Christi? How sad it would be to leave this most precious of gifts on the altar of sacrifice?

LOOK BEYOND, O People of God. “Look beyond the bread you eat…look beyond the cup you drink.” The Lord deeply desires to Be Your Bread. He lovingly wants that the Bread that was Sown in your life bring you deeper faith, hope and charity.

Ita missa est.
Go from this Temple of the Lord.
Join in the singing with gladness of heart,
I Received the Living God.

On your way to the car, hum the Servant Song. Wait patiently to leave the parking lot. Say a little prayer asking God, “What shall I do for you and my family and neighbors today? Let me be your servant and your Bread, Blessed and Broken. Amen! Amen!

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What is your favorite hymn?
  2. When was your First Communion?
  3. What keeps you from the Eucharist?
  4. How do you prepare yourself for receiving the Body and Blood of the Lord?

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