Speak Lord: One bread, one body

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The Second reading at the Mass of Corpus Christi tomorrow speaks clearly about the connection between the community and Christ, symbolised in the Eucharistic food and drink.

The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ, and the bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ. The fact that there is only one loaf means that, though there are many of us, we form a single body because we all have a share in this one loaf.

1 Corinthians 10:16-17

It is often observed that our contemporary Catholic experience is very unlike that of the early Christian communities known by Paul. We use little individual breads, not a single loaf and many (most?) shun or refuse the blessing-cup. We say we form a single body in the Lord, but we don’t necessarily live that way, and for sure we rob ourselves of a powerful symbol of the unity we are offered in Christ.

  • What symbolises your unity with those you are missioned with?
  • With whom do you share the common life? How is that expressed?

 

Speak Lord: Sing, Jerusalem!

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The Psalm for Sunday’s Mass of Corpus Christi has the Church assume the role of the New Jerusalem.

We do this surely in fear and trembling, mindful of the many faults and stumblings which have afflicted the earthly Jerusalem, and aware of how far we are yet from the heavenly Jerusalem.

And yet we sing…
Hopeful and thankful because of God’s mercy.

O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!

O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
Zion, praise your God!
He has strengthened the bars of your gates
he has blessed the children within you.

O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!

He established peace on your borders,
he feeds you with finest wheat.
He sends out his word to the earth
and swiftly runs his command.

O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!

He makes his word known to Jacob,
to Israel his laws and decrees.
He has not dealt thus with other nations;
he has not taught them his decrees.

O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!

Psalm 147:12-15,19-20

  • Pray for Jerusalem and its peoples.
  • Pray for the Church?
  • Pray for the renewal of your own life and vocation.