"Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life"

The Feast of Corpus Christi this Sunday gives us the one very important matter that still needs to come before us: the sacrament of the Eucharist. 
CATHOLIC LIVING TODAY Corpus Christi Sunday, June 22, 2014 (CorpisChristiA)
From the
Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University

Sunday Mass Readings

Podcast of the Readings 
Video of Reflections on Readings
Lecturas y Comentarios 
Prayer of the Hours
BQ: Do you really believe in the True Prescence of Jesus at Communion?

Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.
First Reading
Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 8, Verses 2-3, 14b-16a

1. Did the desert trials test the people’s obedience to God, or their trust in God? “He let you be afflicted with hunger, then fed you with order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” In this statement is the bread or the promise of God the source of their life?

2. What kinds of situations require blind trust on your part? With those in mind, discuss, “He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger, and then fed you with manna.”

Responsorial Psalms
Psalm 147: 12-15, 19-20

1. The Psalm tells us that our God is a good provider. In what way has the Lord filled you with the 'best of wheat?'

2. 'Swiftly runs his word!' according to our psalmist. In what way do you feel the power and presence of the Word of the Lord in your life?

Second Reading
First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, Chapter 10, Verses 16-17

1. In the Eucharist we are joined both with Christ and with each other in love. Discuss. How can we be “Eucharist” to each other?

2. “When we eat, we incorporate our food into ourselves. The opposite is true with regard to the Eucharist. When we partake of that bread we are transformed into it” (Dianne Bergant, C.S.A.) Explain in your own words what this means.

According to John, Chapter 6, Verses 51-58

1. Discuss Aelred R. Rosser’s statement, “Jesus gives us himself in the Eucharist, not divided or in part, but his very self: his life, his being, his force, his soul and divinity.”

2. God was with his people on their journey, nourishing them with manna and water. How does God respond to your needs on your journey? What is different about the food God gave the people in the desert and the food he gives us?

1 comment:

  1. Barry Lamont7:33 PM

    The Psalm says,
    “With the best of wheat he fills you ....”
    God has been a provider to his people
    ever since he created us.
    But the beauty of His providence
    is that he provides for us
    spiritually as well as physically.
    As it says in the Mass,
    as the gifts are being prepared,
    “Through your goodness
    we have this bread to offer,
    which earth has given ...
    it will become for us the bread of life.”

    We are nourished by the Eucharist,
    and we are fed by the body and blood of Christ.
    And that is where our life comes from,
    our hope, our salvation.
    All we have to do is receive Him
    with a clean heart and
    avoid partaking of the table of demons (1 Cor 10).