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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

June 6, 2015

RECEIVE WHAT YOU ARE

Since our gospel today recalls Jesus’ observance of the Passover with the apostles, it seems helpful to recall what instructions did Jews would’ve followed for that particular celebration and the reason for this celebration in the first place.

Chapter 12 of Exodus provides the instructions of the ritual Jesus would have observed. It states, “each family must obtain one lamb for each household. If a family is too small for one Lamb it shall join to another household – the lamb must be a one-year-old male without blemish. Blood shall be applied to the doorpost and the lamb’s roasted flesh shall be eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Eat it with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and staff in hand. You shall eat like those who are on a journey.

There is an importance placed on the community – on coming together. The meal is not leisurely; rather it is for a purpose.   That’s it is not hard to see why it is the precursor for our own celebration of the Eucharist.

CLICK HERE for the readings for Corpus Christi Sunday (Exodus 24:3-8; Psalm 116; Hebrews 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16, 22-26)

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