Posts Tagged ‘Holy eucharist’


Jesus our Risen Lord is also our Eucharistic Lord and God! The reality of this truth does not change whether we choose to accept it or not.  That is why I have chosen to share this truth knowing full well I have quite a number of sisters and brothers from other denominations around the globe following my reflections and it is difficult for them to accept.  Temptation is to adulterate the truth and to make it more palatable. But what good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? What did Jesus do when many of His ‘disciples’  left Him because they could not accept His doctrine of what we now accept to be His teaching of the Holy Eucharist? He did not try to convince them, offer clarification, or justification but simply turned to His twelve and said ‘What about you, do you want to go away too?’

Jesus is truly the bread of life, whoever eats His flesh and drinks His blood has eternal life; And Jesus will raise all who believe and are faithful up at the last day.

We who have been given life to the full must therefore in turn be life giving! In every aspect of our lives, in thought, word and deed.  St Peter in today’s first reading testifies powerfully to this by His living example of visiting one place after another sharing in the light of the resurrection and offering all who would listen, life in Christ! For our Lord had promised, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” Amen Alleluia!

First reading

Acts 9:31-42 ·

The churches grew and were filled with the consolation of the Holy Spirit

The churches throughout Judaea, Galilee and Samaria were now left in peace, building themselves up, living in the fear of the Lord, and filled with the consolation of the Holy Spirit.

    Peter visited one place after another and eventually came to the saints living down in Lydda. There he found a man called Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years. Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ cures you: get up and fold up your sleeping mat.’ Aeneas got up immediately; everybody who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they were all converted to the Lord.

    At Jaffa there was a woman disciple called Tabitha, or Dorcas in Greek, who never tired of doing good or giving in charity. But the time came when she got ill and died, and they washed her and laid her out in a room upstairs. Lydda is not far from Jaffa, so when the disciples heard that Peter was there, they sent two men with an urgent message for him, ‘Come and visit us as soon as possible.’

    Peter went back with them straightaway, and on his arrival they took him to the upstairs room, where all the widows stood round him in tears, showing him tunics and other clothes Dorcas had made when she was with them. Peter sent them all out of the room and knelt down and prayed. Then he turned to the dead woman and said, ‘Tabitha, stand up.’ She opened her eyes, looked at Peter and sat up. Peter helped her to her feet, then he called in the saints and widows and showed them she was alive. The whole of Jaffa heard about it and many believed in the Lord.

Gospel

John 6:60-69

Who shall we go to? You are the Holy One of God

After hearing his doctrine many of the followers of Jesus said, ‘This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?’ Jesus was aware that his followers were complaining about it and said, ‘Does this upset you? What if you should see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before?

‘It is the spirit that gives life,

the flesh has nothing to offer.

The words I have spoken to you are spirit

and they are life.

‘But there are some of you who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the outset those who did not believe, and who it was that would betray him. He went on, ‘This is why I told you that no one could come to me unless the Father allows him.’ After this, many of his disciples left him and stopped going with him.

    Then Jesus said to the Twelve, ‘What about you, do you want to go away too?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘Lord, who shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we know that you are the Holy One of God.’


There is one thing I ask of the Lord,  to live in the house of the Lord! Yes sisters and brothers in Christ, is this not our deepest desire? So how wonderful it is to stand together with you and cry out in prayer our response to Psalm 26 (27)

As we walk hand in hand on our pilgrim journey back home to Him, we are assured that He, our Risen Lord walks with us. Come what may, we advance unafraid, for God with us who can be against us?

We are reminded in Today’s Gospel of the great and enduring love the Lord has for us. He does not wait for His flock to cry out to Him in hunger, He lovingly seeks to nourish all who walk with Him. The foreshadowing of Holy Eucharist in His feeding of the five thousand. Ah such love! “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” 

And just like a mother does not need her daughter’s help to bake cookies or a father who does not need his son’s help to replace a light bulb, Jesus invites us to participate in His salvific plan. ‘Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?’

Here I am Lord, I come to do Your Will. Amen Alleulia!

First reading

Acts 5:34-42 ·

They were glad to have had the honour of suffering humiliation for the sake of the name

One member of the Sanhedrin, a Pharisee called Gamaliel, who was a doctor of the Law and respected by the whole people, stood up and asked to have the apostles taken outside for a time. Then he addressed the Sanhedrin, ‘Men of Israel, be careful how you deal with these people. There was Theudas who became notorious not so long ago. He claimed to be someone important, and he even collected about four hundred followers; but when he was killed, all his followers scattered and that was the end of them. And then there was Judas the Galilean, at the time of the census, who attracted crowds of supporters; but he got killed too, and all his followers dispersed. What I suggest, therefore, is that you leave these men alone and let them go. If this enterprise, this movement of theirs, is of human origin it will break up of its own accord; but if it does in fact come from God you will not only be unable to destroy them, but you might find yourselves fighting against God.’

    His advice was accepted; and they had the apostles called in, gave orders for them to be flogged, warned them not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them. And so they left the presence of the Sanhedrin glad to have had the honour of suffering humiliation for the sake of the name.

    They preached every day both in the Temple and in private houses, and their proclamation of the Good News of Christ Jesus was never interrupted.

Gospel

John 6:1-15

The feeding of the five thousand

Jesus went off to the other side of the Sea of Galilee – or of Tiberias – and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he gave by curing the sick. Jesus climbed the hillside, and sat down there with his disciples. It was shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover.

    Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?’ He only said this to test Philip; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do. Philip answered, ‘Two hundred denarii would only buy enough to give them a small piece each.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, ‘There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that between so many?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Make the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass there, and as many as five thousand men sat down. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and gave them out to all who were sitting ready; he then did the same with the fish, giving out as much as was wanted. When they had eaten enough he said to the disciples, ‘Pick up the pieces left over, so that nothing gets wasted.’ So they picked them up, and filled twelve hampers with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves. The people, seeing this sign that he had given, said, ‘This really is the prophet who is to come into the world.’ Jesus, who could see they were about to come and take him by force and make him king, escaped back to the hills by himself.


Many will not turn a blind eye to someone crying out their way for help. They are quick to whip out $10 even $50 dollars to give to the one in need. (some may offer less whilst others may even offer more) Others may take a while to review, ask qualifying questions before doing likewise. Very few would spend their precious time with the one in need, to minister to them. What if the one crying out to you was Jesus? How much more will you give? How much more will you do for Him?

If we do not spend time daily in His precious presence how then are we to recognise our Lord Jesus when He stands before us? How are we to see His face in our brethren? Fortunately we have saints that have gone before us, who have seen His face in others and have shown us how to by their very own lives. Two fine examples would be St John Paul II and St Teresa of Calcutta affectionately know as Mother Teresa! Can we not do the same?

We cannot say we are not equipped or lack anything the saints had. We have the living Word of God, the Holy Spirit and the most precious gift of the Holy Eucharist; the Body, Blood, Soul and divinity of Christ Jesus Himself! There is nothing else we need!

Lord You are my Shepherd, I shall not want. Amen

First reading

Acts 3:1-10 ·

I will give you what I have: in the name of Jesus, walk!

Once, when Peter and John were going up to the Temple for the prayers at the ninth hour, it happened that there was a man being carried past. He was a cripple from birth; and they used to put him down every day near the Temple entrance called the Beautiful Gate so that he could beg from the people going in. When this man saw Peter and John on their way into the Temple he begged from them. Both Peter and John looked straight at him and said, ‘Look at us.’ He turned to them expectantly, hoping to get something from them, but Peter said, ‘I have neither silver nor gold, but I will give you what I have: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, walk!’ Peter then took him by the hand and helped him to stand up. Instantly his feet and ankles became firm, he jumped up, stood, and began to walk, and he went with them into the Temple, walking and jumping and praising God. Everyone could see him walking and praising God, and they recognised him as the man who used to sit begging at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple. They were all astonished and unable to explain what had happened to him.

Gospel

Luke 24:13-35

They recognised him at the breaking of bread

Two of the disciples of Jesus were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all that had happened. Now as they talked this over, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; but something prevented them from recognising him. He said to them, ‘What matters are you discussing as you walk along?’ They stopped short, their faces downcast.

    Then one of them, called Cleopas, answered him, ‘You must be the only person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have been happening there these last few days.’ ‘What things?’ he asked. ‘All about Jesus of Nazareth’ they answered ‘who proved he was a great prophet by the things he said and did in the sight of God and of the whole people; and how our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and had him crucified. Our own hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free. And this is not all: two whole days have gone by since it all happened; and some women from our group have astounded us: they went to the tomb in the early morning, and when they did not find the body, they came back to tell us they had seen a vision of angels who declared he was alive. Some of our friends went to the tomb and found everything exactly as the women had reported, but of him they saw nothing.’

    Then he said to them, ‘You foolish men! So slow to believe the full message of the prophets! Was it not ordained that the Christ should suffer and so enter into his glory?’ Then, starting with Moses and going through all the prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures that were about himself.

    When they drew near to the village to which they were going, he made as if to go on; but they pressed him to stay with them. ‘It is nearly evening’ they said ‘and the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them. Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’

    They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled together with their companions, who said to them, ‘Yes, it is true. The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ Then they told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread.


How are we to grow in the maturity of faith and love in God our Heavenly Father when we think we know better than Him? When we stubbornly hold on to the reins of control over everything and still want to have control over others? Today’s reading is not simply about disobedience but of not knowing our place before the Lord our God. If we reflect deeply enough we might begin to see, how we often make ourselves into ‘gods’ and lord it over others!

Still our ever merciful and loving Father in Heaven desires for us to continue to walk i humbly in His presence. For without Him in our lives we are surely doomed. He clothes us with His righteousness so that we have hope to be Holy as He is Holy. What is man and woman that You O Lord should love us so?

Forgive us Father for the many times we have let you down. For not realising how deeply we offend You by our disobedience and our lack of love for you and for one another. We are grateful and thankful for Your Son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whom You have sent to reconcile us all with You.

Lord Jesus You have given us a taste from the tree of life through Holy Eucharist. Let us never take Your mercy and love for granted. Grant us dear Lord, the grace to glorify You by our lives now and forever. Amen

First reading

Genesis 3:9-24 ·

The expulsion from the Garden of Eden

The Lord God called to the man. ‘Where are you?’ he asked.

    ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden;’ he replied ‘I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.’

    ‘Who told you that you were naked?’ he asked ‘Have you been eating of the tree I forbade you to eat?’

    The man replied, ‘It was the woman you put with me; she gave me the fruit, and I ate it.’

    Then the Lord God asked the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’

    The woman replied, ‘The serpent tempted me and I ate.’

    Then the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this,

‘Be accursed beyond all cattle,

all wild beasts.

You shall crawl on your belly and eat dust

every day of your life.

I will make you enemies of each other:

you and the woman,

your offspring and her offspring.

It will crush your head

and you will strike its heel.’

To the woman he said:

‘I will multiply your pains in childbearing,

you shall give birth to your children in pain.

Your yearning shall be for your husband,

yet he will lord it over you.’

To the man he said, ‘Because you listened to the voice of your wife and ate from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat,

‘Accursed be the soil because of you.

With suffering shall you get your food from it

every day of your life.

It shall yield you brambles and thistles,

and you shall eat wild plants.

With sweat on your brow

shall you eat your bread,

until you return to the soil,

as you were taken from it.

For dust you are

and to dust you shall return.’

The man named his wife ‘Eve’ because she was the mother of all those who live. The Lord God made clothes out of skins for the man and his wife, and they put them on. Then the Lord God said, ‘See, the man has become like one of us, with his knowledge of good and evil. He must not be allowed to stretch his hand out next and pick from the tree of life also, and eat some and live for ever.’ So the Lord God expelled him from the garden of Eden, to till the soil from which he had been taken. He banished the man, and in front of the garden of Eden he posted the cherubs, and the flame of a flashing sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.

Gospel

Mark 8:1-10

The feeding of the four thousand

A great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat. So Jesus called his disciples to him and said to them, ‘I feel sorry for all these people; they have been with me for three days now and have nothing to eat. If I send them off home hungry they will collapse on the way; some have come a great distance.’ His disciples replied, ‘Where could anyone get bread to feed these people in a deserted place like this?’ He asked them, ‘How many loaves have you?’ ‘Seven’ they said. Then he instructed the crowd to sit down on the ground, and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them among the crowd. They had a few small fish as well, and over these he said a blessing and ordered them to be distributed also. They ate as much as they wanted, and they collected seven basketfuls of the scraps left over. Now there had been about four thousand people. He sent them away and immediately, getting into the boat with his disciples, went to the region of Dalmanutha.


O Loving Father in Heaven, great is Your love for us that You Will that we be with You forever. We give You our heartfelt thanks for Jesus Your Son whom You sent to atone for and liberate us from our sins though He was sinless. A victim of our sins sacrificed that we might be fully reconciled to have new life with You. Divinity came down to touch humanity, to carry it lovingly up to Heaven. Where we will rejoice forever at the Heavenly Banquet that awaits us. How great are You O Lord my God!

Our life began at birth and You O Lord watched us grow to maturity, providing us with all that we needed for nourishment, sustenance that we might grow strong to live in Your love, to love and serve our brethren. Likewise in our Spiritual life! Spiritual birth is given by our Baptism, growth to spiritual maturity is given by Confirmation, and spiritual nourishment is given by the Holy Eucharist. For our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ did not leave us orphans, He devised a way for us to share in His humanity as well as His divinity till one day soon we are fully united with Him in Heaven. Till then we have a foretaste of the eternal banquet. How great are You O Lord my God!

O Sacrament most Holy, O Sacrament Divine! All praise and all Thanksgiving be every moment Thine! Amen alleluia

First reading

Isaiah 25:6-10 ·
The Lord will prepare a banquet for every nation

On this mountain,
the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples a banquet of rich food, a banquet of fine wines, of food rich and juicy, of fine strained wines.
On this mountain he will remove the mourning veil covering all peoples, and the shroud enwrapping all nations, he will destroy Death for ever.
The Lord will wipe away the tears from every cheek;
he will take away his people’s shame everywhere on earth,
for the Lord has said so.
That day, it will be said: See, this is our God in whom we hoped for salvation; the Lord is the one in whom we hoped.
We exult and we rejoice that he has saved us; for the hand of the Lord rests on this mountain.

Gospel

Matthew 15:29-37
The crowds praised the God of Israel

Jesus reached the shores of the Sea of Galilee, and he went up into the hills. He sat there, and large crowds came to him bringing the lame, the crippled, the blind, the dumb and many others; these they put down at his feet, and he cured them. The crowds were astonished to see the dumb speaking, the cripples whole again, the lame walking and the blind with their sight, and they praised the God of Israel.
But Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ‘I feel sorry for all these people; they have been with me for three days now and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them off hungry, they might collapse on the way.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Where could we get enough bread in this deserted place to feed such a crowd?’ Jesus said to them, ‘How many loaves have you?’ ‘Seven’ they said ‘and a few small fish.’ Then he instructed the crowd to sit down on the ground, and he took the seven loaves and the fish, and he gave thanks and broke them and handed them to the disciples, who gave them to the crowds. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they collected what was left of the scraps, seven baskets full.


There are many out there who are very set in their ways and refuse to embrace any sort of change. They are very settled in their comfort zones and will not budge from them. Some of them serve in ministry or a church community and are quite willing to do what they can to help out in the work but still think their relationship with the Lord our God is entirely between them and Him directly. And so they will never fully understand or grasp what it means to be One Body in Christ. What it truly means to come together to pray, adore and worship as One. The liturgy of the Word and the Eucharist are viewed as separate and a process we simply have to go through from one point to another. How can they ever hope to see that Heaven and Earth unites in this one Heavenly Banquet?

Unless we begin to recognise that all of us are different and though individually gifted we are still One Body in Christ we will not grow in our faith neither in our love for one another. We need to have a profund respect for each other as St Paul reminds us. That also means we must be humble to accept that others are stronger in certain gifts and talents just as we are stronger in our own. And just as we are weak in certain areas so are they likewise weak in others. But together we complement one another by our strengths as well as our weaknesses. And it is only through Christ that we are perfected in all that we say and do. We must never compare, complain or question (EPH 2:14) but strive for unity in Him. Therefore as it is important to work for the Lord with untiring effort and earnestness in Spirit. We must also make every effort to Pray for and Pray with one another just as often as we meet to work for Him. With this in our heart and minds we are then truly in communion with Him our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who unites us with His Body and His Blood in the Holy Eucharist. Amen

First reading

Romans 12:5-16 ·
Use the gifts you have been given

All of us, in union with Christ, form one body, and as parts of it we belong to each other. Our gifts differ according to the grace given us. If your gift is prophecy, then use it as your faith suggests; if administration, then use it for administration; if teaching, then use it for teaching. Let the preachers deliver sermons, the almsgivers give freely, the officials be diligent, and those who do works of mercy do them cheerfully.
Do not let your love be a pretence, but sincerely prefer good to evil. Love each other as much as brothers should, and have a profound respect for each other. Work for the Lord with untiring effort and with great earnestness of spirit. If you have hope, this will make you cheerful. Do not give up if trials come; and keep on praying. If any of the saints are in need you must share with them; and you should make hospitality your special care.
Bless those who persecute you: never curse them, bless them. Rejoice with those who rejoice and be sad with those in sorrow. Treat everyone with equal kindness; never be condescending but make real friends with the poor. Do not allow yourself to become self-satisfied.

Gospel

Luke 14:15-24
‘Not one of those who were invited shall have a taste of my banquet’

One of those gathered round the table said to Jesus, ‘Happy the man who will be at the feast in the kingdom of God!’ But he said to him, ‘There was a man who gave a great banquet, and he invited a large number of people. When the time for the banquet came, he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, “Come along: everything is ready now.” But all alike started to make excuses. The first said, “I have bought a piece of land and must go and see it. Please accept my apologies.” Another said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen and am on my way to try them out. Please accept my apologies.” Yet another said, “I have just got married and so am unable to come.”
‘The servant returned and reported this to his master. Then the householder, in a rage, said to his servant, “Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in here the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.” “Sir” said the servant “your orders have been carried out and there is still room.” Then the master said to his servant, “Go to the open roads and the hedgerows and force people to come in to make sure my house is full; because, I tell you, not one of those who were invited shall have a taste of my banquet.”’