Prayer of the Day
Feast of Corpus ChristiJune 9th, 2014
(Cor. 10 : 10-17)
The blessing -cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ, and the bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ. The fact that there is only one loaf means that, though there are many of us, we form a single body because we all have a share in this one loaf.
Paul knows the Corinthians accept and believe the sharing of the Eucharist produces a shared bond with all involved. Sharing of the one life source that is the body of Christ, believers are rooted in a common bond with Jesus the source of union.
St. John 6 : 51 – 58
The discourse in this section is problematic. Jesus said to the Jews: ‘’ the bread that I shall give is my flesh for the life of the world.’ The Jews started arguing with one another; ‘’ How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’’ they said, Jesus replied; ‘’ I tell you most solemnly if you not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood you will not have life in you. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him. I who am sent by the living Father, myself draw life from the Father. This is the bread come down from Heaven; not like the bread our ancestors ate: they are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will live forever.’’
The section ends with the definite contrast, between the community of believers and the Jewish opponents.