“This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.”

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ provides us again the opportunity to revisit the Last Supper (Mk 14:12-16, 22-26).  Recall that Jesus sends two disciples into Jerusalem to find the upper room and then prepare it for Passover for Jesus and the apostles.  During the meal, Jesus blesses bread and wine and distributes it declaring it to be His Body and Blood (thus, it is the first Mass).  He concludes with the words above and then vows not to drink wine until He enters the Kingdom.  Finally, they all sing a hymn before going to the Mount of Olives.  It is good to remember today what we should recall each time we receive Communion: that what we consume is the Real life-giving (Jn 6:53-54 — in fact, today is a good day to re-read the entire Bread of Life discourse starting at verse 22) Presence or our Lord Jesus Christ in His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.  When we consider how much blood Jesus shed in His Passion, and how He generously continues to provide it to us, how can we stay away from Mass?  He suffered all that He did in obedience to His Father who wished us humans to be reconciled to Him once more and forever.  It is not something to take lightly or without thinking.  Rather, we should partake in the Eucharist as frequently as possible, properly disposed (regular Confession is vital), and thankful before and after for the opportunity to share such intimacy with the Lord.  In those moments when He is inside us, Jesus invites us in a special way to pour out our praise, thanksgiving, petitions for our needs, and intercessions for others needs.  Don’t miss an opportunity.

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