Reflection on the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, 14th June.
SCRIPTURE READING: When the hour came, Jesus took his place at table and the disciples with him. And he said to them: “I have longed to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, because I tell you I shall not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” Then he took some bread, gave thanks, broke it and gave it to them saying: “This is my Body which will be given for you. Do this as a memorial of me.” He did the same with the cup and said: “This cup is the new covenant in my Blood, which will be poured out for you.” – Luke 22: 14-20.
How can I talk about “reflecting” on this stupendous mystery? Words are inadequate, superfluous. On the eve of his appalling suffering and death, Jesus our loving Lord bequeaths His Self to us in and as Eucharist/Thanksgiving. He has longed to do so since before Time began, his whole purpose in coming into our world as a human Person. If we dare to accept Eucharist as Christ’s living Body and Blood, then we are called to become the members of that Body here on earth, in His place. We are called to be Eucharist to one another: our sisters and brothers, those known and loved, those known and not loved, those unknown and perhaps unknowable, those (heaven help us) we consider unlovable. Not only in church or on Sundays but on our streets, in supermarkets and workplaces, at beaches and parks, in dance halls and discos…. Eucharist to one another. Those of our culture and those not like us. We are Eucharist when we sit with someone in pain, listen to a Senior Citizen who is lonely, take for a drive someone with memory loss, encourage a grandchild with their homework. You understand. Of course, in these Pandemic days, our gift of Jesus to the world is more urgent and meaningful than ever. And we remember that the Lord said: “I have longed to share My Self with you.” A very powerful word, long. Perhaps our question could be: Do I long to share myself and my relationship with God, with those around me? Eucharist means thanksgiving, so It is, after all, the very least we could do.
We have always the prayerful support of Mary, Christ’s mother and ours, as in this year’s quote from Mary Potter: “Let my Mother’s spirit live in you.”