Monday 19th June: Corpus Christi

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Scripture

“I am with you always; yes, to the end of time” – Matthew 28:20

Pope Francis elevates the Eucharist during a Mass marking the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican June 29. The pope presented the pallium to 24 archbishops from around the world during the liturgy. The pallium is a woolen band worn around the shoulders that symbolizes an archbishop’s authority as shepherd and his communion with the pope. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (June 30, 2014) See POPE-PALLIUM June 30, 2014.

Reflection

Yesterday was the feast of Corpus Christi. This is latin for ‘The Body of Christ’, and it is a feast day to celebrate the fact that when the bread is consecrated at Mass it becomes the body of Christ, sometimes called the Eucharist (which means thanksgiving).

Jesus promised to give food from heaven that would be his flesh and blood (John 6:51-56). He fulfilled this at the Last Supper, when he took the bread and said explicitly “this is my body” and when he took the wine and said “this is the cup of my blood.”

This gift is also made present to us today. When the priest speaks the words of consecration in the Mass, the bread and wine truly become the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The Church calls this change ‘transubstantiation’ because the substance of bread and wine are really changed, becoming the substance of Jesus Christ himself. Jesus also said before his Ascension to the Father: “I am with you always; yes, to the end of time” (Matthew 28:20). This promise is fulfilled in the real presence of the Eucharist in the tabernacle of every Catholic church.

Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ,
you gave us the Eucharist
as the memorial of your suffering and death.
May our worship of this sacrament
of your body and blood
help us to experience
the salvation you won for us
and the peace of the kingdom
where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.
St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.