By Fr. Andrew Kelly
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ – June 10, 2012
The Lord has gathered the believing community for a meal as described in Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 14:12-16, 22-26). It is the Lord’s Supper (Eucharist) as celebrated in Mark’s community.
At the Last Supper (Passover) Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
At the Lord’s Supper, it is the sacrificed (crucified) but now risen Lord Jesus who presides “new in the kingdom of God.”
“While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, ‘Take; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.”
The Lord is giving his sacrificed but risen body and blood to eat and drink. The community commits itself to live what it consumes in its members’ every thought, word and deed.
Sunday, at the Lord’s Supper, the Lord drinks again “the fruit of the vine…” with the community.
(Father Andrew Kelly is a retired priest of the Diocese of Davenport.)
Scripture Readings for June 10-17
Mk 14:12-16, 22-26
Acts 11:21b-26; 12:1-3
1 Kgs 17:7-16
1 Kgs 18:20-39
1 Kgs 18:41-46
Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9
Eph 3:8-12, 14-19
1 Kgs 19:19-21
2 Cor 5:6-10