The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

: Ex. 24:3-8, Heb. 9:11-15, Mk 14:12-16. On this Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, the Church invites us to celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, to expand our understanding and attitude towards this most Holy Sacrament. In today’s first reading, we reflect on the importance and significance of blood as a sign of covenant relationship with God. The Psalmist proclaims the cup of salvation and calling on the name of the Lord. The second reading proclaims the superiority of the New Covenant made not repeatedly with the blood of animals, but established, once and for all, with the Blood of Christ.

In today’s Gospel, we are once again reminded of, and are taken back to be present at, the Last Supper when Jesus took bread and wine, blessed them, distributed them to His disciples proclaimed them as His Body and Blood – the elements of the New Covenant relationship between the “multitude” and God. Jesus was aware of the Hebrew significance of a blood covenant. He also realised the power of remembering and re-enacting, making present again. Jesus wanted His disciples to celebrate His saving death and to remember how He had brought them salvation. Obviously, they could not offer another perfect sacrifice, since His perfect sacrifice was a once-and-for-all sacrifice. Yet, in remembering, they were able to make present the Lord Jesus and His giving of Himself. They were able to once again take up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord and He would be present with them again. They would be able to be one with Him at His table and receive Him once again. How awesome is our God who allows us to bind ourselves by remembering and re-enacting the saving moments of our salvation. We renew our blood covenant – the New Covenant in Jesus’ Blood – whenever we come together and give thanks. We re-enact Jesus’ gift of Himself and take Him into our very being.

May the Lord who has given us His Most Holy and Precious Body and Blood in the Eucharist renew our strength as we put all our hope in Him and guide us in our journey of faith! Amen!! Happy Sunday!!!

 

 

 

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