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Corpus Christi 2024

Today’s feast and the biblical texts encourage, if not compel, us to reflect on the Eucharist and its place in our lives and in the life of the  Church community.   On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover was being offered, Jesus was asked by his disciples: “Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” – this is how the description of the Last Supper begins in St Mark’s editorial.  Where do you want it? Today, the logical answer seems to be that in the church, the place of worship, the offering of the Holy Sacrifice. However, we can see from our own lives or those of our relatives or friends that the path to this sacred place is sometimes not  so easy.  This is why the biblical man with the jug is sometimes needed, he was the one who became    the guide for the apostles on the way   to the upper room – sometimes for ourselves, and at other times it is for us to become the signpost for the Eucharist, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for our fellow human beings.

At every Mass we have an opportunity, while in  a state of sanctifying grace, to receive Holy Communion. Of course it is about us, our faith, sanctification, and closeness to Jesus. But of what use is receiving communion if it is not itself   a building of unity with God and here on earth   with fellow human beings.                                                                       We will soon return to our homes after the Eucharist is over. Will you love your wife more, will love for your husband be stronger, will you forgive some shortcoming of your children, will you listen to   what your parents have to say, will you notice elderly neighbours along the way and at least greet them? And it is not just about those who are praying with us here today.   My attitude to others in my life should stem from my participation in the Eucharist, which is, after all,  the making present of Jesus’ sacrifice.                                 Where do you want it? We are very keen to emphasise the communal aspect of the Mass: praying together, singing, the sign of peace. What about the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross,  the origin of the Eucharist?