Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: June 18, 2017

Corpus ChristiThis Sunday is the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. The Eucharist is about sharing food and sharing in God’s life. What matters is not simply eating the bread and drinking the cup, but participating in the life and mission of Christ, whose sacramental presence impels us into the world to transform it. Eucharist celebrates and challenges our sharing and our relationship with each other.

We can ask questions about our sacramental celebrations:

  • Does our celebration of the Eucharist reflect the excitement and joy of being one in community?
  • Does our celebration reflect a spirit of deep “solidarity?" Are we celebrating our solidarity as the living Mystical Body of Christ?
  • Is everyone welcome? Is there diversity in our community?
  • Does the Eucharist empower us for action – for life?

We can ask questions about our life as a community:

  • How are we in solidarity with the poor in our city or town and in the world?
  • Do we offer direct service to those in need?
  • Does our solidarity move from the works of charity toward the works of justice and “social change” that will heal the structures and systems that keep us apart – that prevent us from being one body?
  • How are we the living Body of Christ in the world?

The whole Church as such, is directly called to the service of charity: "In the very early days the Church added the agape to the Eucharistic Supper, and thus showed herself to be wholly united around Christ by the bond of charity. …. charity gives life and sustains the works of solidarity that look to the total needs of the human being.” (- John Paul II, Christifideles Laici)

The Sunday Readings: (Each scripture today refers to a meal that is shared and to the effects of that meal.)

  • Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14-16: The manna reminded the people that they were not alone on their journey. They needed God, and they needed the community. They were on a journey of liberation that was bigger than themselves.
  • 1 Cor. 10: 16-17: The Eucharist was to remind the Corinthians that they shared one bread and thus were one people. The meal called them to unity and solidarity, and to move beyond their divisions.
  • John 6.51-59: The dialogue with Jesus reminds all of us that we are nourished for the “life of the world.” The Eucharist sends us forth for a mission of liberation and life in the world.

Of Note:

  • Happy Father’s Day to our Dads and all the men who have supported and mentored us!
  • ALS logoThe Mass for the Deaf Community (usually at 1:30 on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month) will not be held from now until the middle of September. The 9:00 mass will continued to be ASL interpreted.
  • Looking for something? The Lost and Found is located in a bin under the sink in the Quiet Room.
  • Do you know…? The acolyte is responsible each week for finding people to carry the cross and bring up the gifts (usually the bread baker with their family). Please help them by offering your participation!