The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

June 10, 2012


We have in our readings today, two descriptions of the two covenants as they were ratified between the divine and the human.

In our first reading, Moses promises on behalf of the people that all God has commended them, they will do as he offers the blood of young bulls to the Lord. This is part of a much longer narrative in which the Lord outlines the rules and rubrics of how the Hebrews were to pray in the presence of God.

A rubric that outlines what is necessary for sacrifices, priests, altars, etc. . . In this narrative, God also outlines what we know to be the 10 commandments and the rules for the Sabbath.

Of course now, many of those ideas are longer practiced by the Christians, because as Paul tells us in the second reading, Christ did once and for all. Because of Christ, we have a new ritual – the ritual depicted in the Gospel – the new Passover meal, which we celebrate today in this context of the Mass.

Now anytime, we replace one ritual with another – you should ask yourself what have we gained and what have we lost as we move from old to new?

This is the question we explore today.

CLICK HERE for The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: (Exodus 24:3-8; Psalm 116; Hebrews 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16,22-26)


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