THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (B)
6th June 2021


Dear Parishioner

Corpus Christi is the celebration of the abiding presence of a loving God as Emmanuel - God with us - in order to give collective thanks to our Lord for his living with us in the Eucharist. The feast also gives us an occasion to learn more about the importance and value of the "Real Presence" so that we may appreciate the Sacrament better and receive maximum benefit from the Eucharist.

We believe in the "Real Presence" of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist because 1) Jesus promised it after miraculously feeding the 5000. 2) Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist during his Last Supper. 3) Jesus commanded his disciples to repeat it in his memory.

We explain the real presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist by: "transubstantiation" which means that the substance of the consecrated bread and wine is changed to the substance of the risen Jesus' glorified Body and Blood by the action of the Holy Spirit, and its accidents (like colour, shape, taste etc.), remain the same.

Today's Gospel details how Jesus converted the ancient ritual into a Sacrament and sacrifice. Instead of the lamb's blood, Jesus offered his own Divine/human Body and Blood, and instead of sprinkling us with blood, Jesus put it into our hands as food and drink.

Let us offer our lives on the altar along with Jesus' sacrifice, asking pardon for our sins, expressing gratitude for the blessings we have received and presenting our needs and petitions on the altar.

SEND O LORD, HOLY APOSTLES INTO YOUR CHURCH.

Fr. Sabu Pariyadan RCJ


Notices:

Please remember to pray for:

Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese

The sick and housebound

Those who have recently died: Mark Delphin, Joan Newman, Mary Whelton

Years Mind:
Tuesday: Fr Edmund Tyler
Thursday: Fr Gerard Butcher
Friday: Fr Thomas Crowe
Saturday: Fr John Gallagher, Fr Robert Mortimer-Anderson
Sunday: Fr Thomas Carlin


NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS - ELEVENTH SUNDAY YEAR B

First Reading: Ezekiel 17:22-24
I make low trees grow.

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10
Whether we are living in the body or exiled from it, we are intent on pleasing the Lord.

Gospel: Mark 4:26-34
It is the smallest of seeds; yet it grows into biggest shrub of them all.