THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
Today, we celebrate the solemn feast of Corpus Christi. It is three feasts in one: the feast of the Eucharistic sacrifice, feast of the Sacrament of the Eucharist and the feast of the Real Presence of Jesus.
Today’s readings for this solemnity emphasize the theme of covenant blood because the ancient peoples sealed covenants with the blood of ritually sacrificed animals, and Jesus sealed his New Covenant with his own blood, shed on Calvary. In the Gospel Jesus converted the ancient ritual into a sacrament and sacrifice. Instead of the lamb’s blood, Jesus offered his own Divine/human Body and Blood and, instead of sprinkling us with blood, he put it into our hands as food. "Take, this is my Body" and "This is my Blood of the Covenant, which is poured out for many.”
Let us appreciate the “Real Presence” of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, by receiving him with true repentance for our sins, due preparation and reverence. By receiving Holy Communion, we become Christ-bearers as Mary was, with the duty of conveying Christ to others at home and in the workplace, through love, mercy, forgiveness and humble and sacrificial service.
Excerpted from the homily of Fr Tony Kadavil on MARK: 14:12-16, 22-26 available at http://stjohngrandbay.org