Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Posted: June 11, 2009 by piusranson in Uncategorized

NWC_pope_monstranceIt’s the Feast of Corpus Christi !

This day traditionally should fall on Thursday the 11th day of June, the thursday after the Feast of the Holy Trinity but it is a movable feast and can be shifted to the Sunday after Feast of the Holy Trinity. The Archdiocese of Singapore is one of the many diocese that will hold it on the 14th day of June 2009.

The feast of Corpus Christi traditionally falls on a thursday because the one Church commemorates the Institution of the Holy Eucharist on Maundy Thursday. We dedicate this day to celebrate the Holy Eucharist. Yes, the Holy Mass is celebrated every day, every hour, every corner of the World but on this day, it is even more especially for the Eucharist. Wonder why the Church have so many feastdays just for the Eucharist ? The Church wants to emphasize how important the Eucharist is.

Nope, the Eucharist is not something that represents Jesus Christ. It does not represents Jesus. It is Jesus Christ.

(John 6: 48-63)

I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us (his) flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

Then many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

Have you wondered why Jesus said “Amen Amen i say to you…” after the Jews had a commotion on how can he give us his flesh to eat, instead of Jesus saying, “No of course i don’t mean it literally”.

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