Reading 1EX 24:3-8

When Moses came to the people
and related all the words and ordinances of the LORD,
they all answered with one voice,
“We will do everything that the LORD has told us.”
Moses then wrote down all the words of the LORD and,
rising early the next day,
he erected at the foot of the mountain an altar
and twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.
Then, having sent certain young men of the Israelites
to offer holocausts and sacrifice young bulls
as peace offerings to the LORD,
Moses took half of the blood and put it in large bowls;
the other half he splashed on the altar.
Taking the book of the covenant, he read it aloud to the people,
who answered, “All that the LORD has said, we will heed and do.”
Then he took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, saying,
“This is the blood of the covenant
that the LORD has made with you
in accordance with all these words of his.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18

R. (13) I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
How shall I make a return to the LORD
for all the good he has done for me?
The cup of salvation I will take up,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.
R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people.
R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.

Reading 2HEB 9:11-15

Brothers and sisters:
When Christ came as high priest
of the good things that have come to be,
passing through the greater and more perfect tabernacle
not made by hands, that is, not belonging to this creation,
he entered once for all into the sanctuary,
not with the blood of goats and calves
but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.
For if the blood of goats and bulls
and the sprinkling of a heifer’s ashes
can sanctify those who are defiled
so that their flesh is cleansed,
how much more will the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God,
cleanse our consciences from dead works
to worship the living God.

For this reason he is mediator of a new covenant:
since a death has taken place for deliverance
from transgressions under the first covenant,
those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.

Sequence (Lauda Sion)- short form

Lo! the angel’s food is given
To the pilgrim who has striven;
see the children’s bread from heaven,
which on dogs may not be spent.

Truth the ancient types fulfilling,
Isaac bound, a victim willing,
Paschal lamb, its lifeblood spilling,
manna to the fathers sent.

Very bread, good shepherd, tend us,
Jesu, of your love befriend us,
You refresh us, you defend us,
Your eternal goodness send us
In the land of life to see.

You who all things can and know,
Who on earth such food bestow,
Grant us with your saints, though lowest,
Where the heav’nly feast you show,
Fellow heirs and guests to be. Amen. Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 6:51

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven,
says the Lord;
whoever eats this bread will live forever.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 14:12-16, 22-26

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
when they sacrificed the Passover lamb,
Jesus’ disciples said to him,
“Where do you want us to go
and prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
He sent two of his disciples and said to them,
“Go into the city and a man will meet you,
carrying a jar of water.
Follow him.
Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house,
‘The Teacher says, “Where is my guest room
where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”‘
Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready.
Make the preparations for us there.”
The disciples then went off, entered the city,
and found it just as he had told them;
and they prepared the Passover.
While they were eating,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, gave it to them, and said,
“Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them,
and they all drank from it.
He said to them,
“This is my blood of the covenant,
which will be shed for many.
Amen, I say to you,
I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine
until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Then, after singing a hymn,
they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Reflection: Today, we celebrate the Feast of Christ’s Most Sacred Body and Blood. Though every Mass is a memorial of Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection, Corpus Christi which was instituted by Pope Urban IV in 1264 highlights the Real Presence of our Lord in the Sacrament of the Mosy Holy Trinity. In fact before this Pope instituted the feast, a Eucharistic miracle occured in Bolsena, Italy, when the Sacred Host suddenly turned into real Flesh. This miracle and many others related to it assures us that Jesus is present in many outward signs and people, but more importantly he is present in the Eucharist. This doctrine is the least debatable among Catholics and other sects and denominations. Their bread and wine for communion services are just merely symbols, but for us, we believe that the Host and wine are truly the Body and Blood of Christ. We cannot rationally demonstrate the Mystery nor can we assume that it’s a cannibalistic ritual, but through faith and understanding we can be able to grasp the theological teaching of the Church about the Eucharist.
The First Reading tells us of the Old Covenant God made his chosen people, Israel as the “Qahal Yahweh” and he as their God. And this covenant has been ratified by the blood of the sacrificed animals. However as we all know, it didn’t last because of the stubbornness and hardness of the Israelites. That is why the author of the Hebrew Letter in the Second Reading affirms to us that the New Covenant ratified by the Blood of Jesus Christ, our Passover Lamb, who performed the ultimate and perfect act of sacrifice for the remission of our sins and the grace of our adoption of being called the Father’s faithful children. And the Gospel depicts to us the Last Supper event when our Lord instituted the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist on the evening before his Passion and Death. The institution narrative recalls his words of taking the bread, breaking the bread, and giving it to his disciples and to us as his Body. In the same way the cup of his Blood, to which he has affirmed of establishing the new and everlasting Covenant between us the Church and God the Father.
Everytime we celebrate the Eucharist, we commemorate our Lord’s Paschal Mystery, but this time in an unbloody manner. Rather we celebrate the Mass in adoring the Lord who is sacramentally present especially in the species of bread and wine. Though throughout the years the wine has been reserved only for the Priest, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi is a special day which Communion under two species of one kind is allowed, wherein the Priest dips the Host into the chalice of wine held by the acolyte before giving it to the communicant. But nevertheless this Feast falling two Sundays after Pentecost teach us the value of the gift of the Eucharist before Christ suffered, died, rose again, ascended into heaven, and sent the Holy Spirit. That is why at every celebration of the Mass, it is important for us to participate actively at every part of the celebration. That way everytime we go home, we can always manifest what the Lord has done and taught. Let us allow ourselves to be nourished by the table of the Word of truth and the altar of the Bread of Life, as we live up our faith in God by word and example.


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