June 17, 2017

Body and Blood of Christ - A (June 18, 2017)

Divine Life – Now and Eternal

In this Liturgical Year A, the Gospel readings on feast days that mark some of the major aspects in the life, ministry, and mystery of Jesus Christ can be taken as opportunities for us to deepen our appreciation of the profound impact of God’s love on us.

One of the Gospel readings for Christmas is the Prologue of John’s Gospel.  Here, John proclaims, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son” (1:14). 

Then just last Sunday, for the Solemnity of Trinity, we heard, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (3:16).

And today, for the celebration of Corpus Christi, Jesus tells us, "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" (6:51).

In the Eucharist, the mystery of the Incarnation – God’s Word made flesh – continues to be a reality for us.  The love of God for us is so great that in the Eucharist, Jesus shares his divine life with us.  In the Father’s only Son, present to us in the Eucharist, we have, even now, eternal life, the life of God’s children. 

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