June 18th

June 18th

     On Holy Thursday we celebrated the institution of the Holy Eucharist, The Divine Mandate and the Clerical Priesthood. Two months later, we come together on Sunday to commemorate that gift again. On Holy
Thursday, the celebration was solemn and our attention was focused on Jesus’ death. Today, our celebration proceeds from Pentecost: to be empowered by Christ and to act on behalf ofHim.
     In the New Testament, Jesus presents Himself as the New Moses. According to the ancient prophecies, signs would usher in the time of the New Moses. The first sign was an abundance of wine which was Jesus’ first
miracle at the wedding of Cana. Through Jesus, God gave the people a new sacrificial lamb, a new living water and the bread from heaven that would be food for the journey of life.
     The words of the Gospel are powerful. Just as the flesh of the paschal lamb nourished the Israelites for their journey from slavery to freedom. In addition, the blood of that lamb protected them from death. In the same way, the body and blood of Christ sustains us as we live out our mission. Jesus came to bring to fulfillment the project that Moses began on Mount Sinai.
     Jesus body was a place of action. In His body, Jesus sanctified, healed, fed, forgave and taught. Through our Lord’s body, people felt God’s love for them. The Church is the Body of Christ extended into to time. As we
receive the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass, we too are missioned out to live the Divine Mandate given to us on Holy Thursday: “To love and care for one another as Jesus loves us.”

“To be your bread now, to be your wine
now, Lord, come and change us to be a sign of
your love. Blest and broken, poured and
flowing, gift that you gave us, to be your body
once again.” (David Hass 1981)