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Solemnity of Corpus Christi

Posted: June 2, 2018 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Blood of the Covenant:

Scott Hahn Reflects

on the Solemnity of

Corpus Christi

Readings:

Exodus 24:3–8
Psalm 116:12–13, 15–18
Hebrews 9:11–15
Mark 14:12–16, 22–26

All of today’s readings are set in the context of the Passover. The First Reading recalls the Old Covenant celebrated at Sinai following the first Passover and the Exodus.
In sprinkling the blood of the covenant on the Israelites, Moses was symbolizing God’s desire in this covenant to make them His family, His “blood” relations.
Quoting Moses’ words in today’s Gospel, Jesus elevates and transforms this covenant symbol to an extraordinary reality. In the New Covenant made in the Blood of Christ, we truly become one with His Body and Blood.
The first covenant made with Moses and Israel at Sinai was but a shadow of this new and greater covenant made by Christ with all humankind in that upper room (Hebrews 10:1).
The Passover that Jesus celebrates with His Twelve Apostles “actualizes,” makes real, what could only be symbolized by Moses’ sacrifice at the altar with twelve pillars. What Jesus does today is establish His Church as the new Israel, and His Eucharist as the new worship of the living God.
In offering Himself to God through the Spirit, Jesus delivered Israel from the transgressions of the first covenant. And, as we hear in today’s Epistle, by His blood He purified us and made us capable of true worship.
God does not want dead works or animal sacrifices. He wants our own flesh and blood, our own lives, consecrated to Him, offered as a living sacrifice. This is the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving that we sing of in today’s Psalm. This is the Eucharist.
What we do in memory of Him is to pledge our lives to Him, to renew our promise to live by the words of His covenant, and to be His servants.
There is no other return we can offer to Him for the eternal inheritance He has won for us. So let us approach the altar, calling upon His name in thanksgiving, taking up the cup of salvation.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 2, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Have we built our foundation upon the rock our Lord Jesus Christ? It is by our foundation of faith in Him that we will be able to reach out in love to others. And mindful of those who have the appearance of good and yet would readily lead others into sin.

Too many these days are self centred, claiming authority for and over themselves. They post feel good, stay strong messages for themselves and others on social media without having to submit to the authority of their Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. For if they did, the messages they send out to the universe will be rooted in love, and hearts might be changed.

Jesus You are my Lord and my God. Amen

First reading

Jude 1:17,20-25

Remember, my dear friends, what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ told you to expect. But you, my dear friends, must use your most holy faith as your foundation and build on that, praying in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves within the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you eternal life. When there are some who have doubts reassure them; when there are some to be saved from the fire, pull them out; but there are others to whom you must be kind with great caution, keeping your distance even from outside clothing which is contaminated by vice.
Glory be to him who can keep you from falling and bring you safe to his glorious presence, innocent and happy. To God, the only God, who saves us through Jesus Christ our Lord, be the glory, majesty, authority and power, which he had before time began, now and for ever. Amen.

Gospel

Mark 11:27-33
I will not tell you my authority for acting like this

Jesus and his disciples came to Jerusalem, and as Jesus was walking in the Temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, and they said to him, ‘What authority have you for acting like this? Or who gave you authority to do these things?’ Jesus said to them, ‘I will ask you a question, only one; answer me and I will tell you my authority for acting like this. John’s baptism: did it come from heaven, or from man? Answer me that.’ And they argued it out this way among themselves: ‘If we say from heaven, he will say, “Then why did you refuse to believe him?” But dare we say from man?’ – they had the people to fear, for everyone held that John was a real prophet. So their reply to Jesus was, ‘We do not know.’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Nor will I tell you my authority for acting like this.’