Sunday, June 22nd – Feast of Corpus Christi or The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
As Jesus gave of himself out of love for God and the life of the world so too are we called to go beyond ourselves, to give of ourselves for the life of others.
Yet, we can not give what we have not received.
Jesus gives himself to us in so many ways each day. How are you aware of this today? How do you receive Christ? Is it with hesitation, reluctance, resistance, not feeling worthy enough? or is it with gratitude, joy, openness, vulnerability . . .? Does the gift of Jesus move us to share his love with others?
Like the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus calls us to “go and do likewise” (Luke 10: 37): to share what we have received with our brothers and sisters who are made of the same stuff of Jesus. Can we see the body and blood of Christ in them?
The Sisters of the Holy Redeemer experienced the body and blood of Christ in our daily ministries of caring for others in their homes, providing food for others in the community garden and food cupboard, being a healing presence at the bedside of those who are ill, welcoming individuals to our home for their retreat or vacation time, bringing Communion to those in the hospital, and gathering new members in the Congregation for a day together – sharing time, faith, and fun.
As St. Paul writes “Because the loaf of bread is one, we though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf” (1 Cor. 10″16 – 17).
The invitation this week – reflect how you have received Christ in your life and how this gift unites you to others and calls you to participate in God’s mission – that “all may be one” (John 17:21).