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The Body and Blood OF Jesus Year A  

18th June 2017

This weeks Teaching

' The Sacrament of Life '


        			Image of The Body and Blood of Christ, in the Holy  Eucharist;  This Sunday the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi in Latin. This feast displays the distinctiveness of Christian religion amongst all the other religions, philosophies, and world views. No other group of people is called upon to eat the flesh and drink the blood of the person they admire. Christianity is the strangest way precisely because we are given this distinct access into the Divine Life.

' The Sacrament of Life '

There used to be a programme on Channel 4 called “You are what you eat.”
My temptation today is to say go and watch it because that is the meaning of the Feast today. The title of that programme sums up so much of what we can say about this great feast we celebrate. You are what you eat.
As you come forward today to receive Holy Communion – you are what you eat.

We receive Holy Communion in order to be a holy communion. In other words the Church is first and foremost a WE not a ME! We are in communion with each other, we are here to care for one another, to minister to and to love one another.

And as we receive Holy Communion we receive the Body of Christ. We are what we eat! We receive the Body of Christ in order to become the Body of Christ. In other words as we come to Holy Communion we receive the food and drink which strengthens us to be the hands and the feet of God in our world today.
Pope Francis reminds us that Holy Communion is not a reward for being food, it is food for the journey. So this week we pray that we may know our need for God

28th May 2017 by Fr.Philip Inch

God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.
Pope Francis

The Gospel

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia

Rev 1:8
I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread will live forever—R

Alleluia, alleluia

 

John 6:51

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John:
JESUS said to the Jewish crowds:
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world."
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
"How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
Jesus said to them,
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever."

Fr Philip


									Image of The Body and Blood of Christ, in the Holy  Eucharist;  This Sunday the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi in Latin. This feast displays the distinctiveness of Christian religion amongst all the other religions, philosophies, and world views. No other group of people is called upon to eat the flesh and drink the blood of the person they admire. Christianity is the strangest way precisely because we are given this distinct access into the Divine Life.

Verbum Dei
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Through prayer and listening to what God gifts me to do, the “water” of my daily life can be transformed into the “wine” of a life lived in faith. ...

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"Any sinner who wants to come back to God will be made welcome. ...

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  	         The great Lenten readings for Cycle A move in a kind of crescendo from thirst, to blindness, to death—all metaphors for spiritual dysfunction. This Sunday's Gospel deals with death through the story of Lazarus who, after four days in his tomb, represents someone who is totally sunk in sin, totally dead spiritually. The voice of Jesus calls Lazarus, and all of us, back to life no matter what we've done, no matter how dead we are.
First Reading
Deut 8:2-3, 14b-16a

A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy:

MOSES said to the people:
"Remember how for forty years now the LORD, your God,
has directed all your journeying in the desert,
so as to test you by affliction
and find out whether or not it was your intention
to keep his commandments.
He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger,
and then fed you with manna,
a food unknown to you and your fathers,
in order to show you that not by bread alone does one live,
but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of the LORD.
"Do not forget the LORD, your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
that place of slavery;
who guided you through the vast and terrible desert
with its saraph serpents and scorpions,
its parched and waterless ground;
who brought forth water for you from the flinty rock
and fed you in the desert with manna,
a food unknown to your fathers."

The word of the Lord.—R. Thanks be to God.


								Image of The Body and Blood of Christ, in the Holy  Eucharist;  This Sunday the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi in Latin. This feast displays the distinctiveness of Christian religion amongst all the other religions, philosophies, and world views. No other group of people is called upon to eat the flesh and drink the blood of the person they admire. Christianity is the strangest way precisely because we are given this distinct access into the Divine Life.

Responsorial Psalm  
Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20

R. (12) Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
Glorify the LORD, O Jerusalem;
praise your God, O Zion.
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates;
he has blessed your children within you
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem..
He has granted peace in your borders;
with the best of wheat he fills you.
He sends forth his command to the earth;
swiftly runs his word!
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
He has proclaimed his word to Jacob,
his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
He has not done thus for any other nation;
his ordinances he has not made known to them.
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
Second Reading
1 Corinthians 10:16-17

A reading from second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

BROTHERS and sisters:
The cup of blessing that we bless,
is it not a participation in the blood of Christ?
The bread that we break,
is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
Because the loaf of bread is one,
we, though many, are one body,

The word of the Lord : R Thanks be to God

 

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