The source and summit of our Catholic Faith is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. He is actually present – physically – in the Eucharist. Finding God is easy as a Catholic – He comes to Mass every day and leaves inside us.
Jesus Saves: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
The readings for this Mass can be found here
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Catechesis At Home – Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – Year B
DISCUSSION – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is commonly calledThe Feast of Corpus Christi.
What is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Eucharist?
[H]e took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, gave it to them, and said,
“Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them,
and they all drank from it.
He said to them,
“This is my blood of the covenant,
which will be shed for many.” (Mark 14:22-24)
These words are part of the Institution Narrative in the Gospel of Mark. Matthew and Luke have similar words and we hear them at Mass in the words of the prayers of Consecration. When we celebrate the Mass we are partaking of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ as he commanded us. It is a miracle every Mass that we consume His flesh. It is a miracle that we are physically able to hold in our hands, mouths, stomachs the physical presence of God. “Corpus Christi” is Latin for “body of Christ,” and, just like our own body, we can see it and feel it in the Eucharist.
It looks and tastes like bread and wine – this is the physical outward appearances of the Eucharist. The real substance changes though – into the Real Presence of God – His flesh, His nature. The Eucharist is only possible because God became Man. The Incarnation, Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus make the Eucharist possible. When we receive the Eucharist all the promises of God are fulfilled. When Adam and Eve sinned, God promised a savior. The prophets told more about this savior – the Messiah. And Jesus came – He did what the prophets said He would do – He saved His people. And not just the People of Israel, but ALL PEOPLE, including you and me. It is this realization of the promise of God fulfilled that we celebrate at every Mass and particularly through this Feast.
Everyone should share why they think they are or are not worthy of this gift.
ACTIVITY – The Feast of Corpus Christi: Consuming the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord
Receive Jesus worthily this Sunday. Go to Confession, pray for the gift of insight and recognize Him – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity – in the humble Host you consume. When you go back to your pew after receiving Communion, say a prayer of thanksgiving, and then sit and contemplate the God of the Universe INSIDE you. Allow Him to change you, to become more like Him. Accept the graces He so abundantly pours out through this beautiful miracle of the Precious Body and Blood.
(If you are not able to receive Communion, you can pray a Spiritual Communion and be open to the graces He gives you, too!)
Are you worthy to receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ? Why or Why Not?
Other Help on HOO
What is the difference between lust and love?
During this “season of Valentines” Beth and Kristofer cover this (often unknowingly) confusing and vitally important topic before we dive headlong into the pink and roses and hearts and whatnot.
Beth and Kristofer share how to tell the difference between lust and love, and how to teach that to impressionable minds and hearts.
And they do this in the context of Mortal Sin and Theological Virtue: Lust and Love, respectively.
They also, right out of the gate, point to Nick’s seven-part series about Love as a great resource on our web site for this discussion, which is linked to in the show notes.
Living in this world, but not of it, is difficult, and Beth and Kristofer offer us some pointers on how to do that, particularly in this day and age.
And, no, there is no inappropriate or “parental discretion advised” content in this episode.
But they do get attacked by a tree!