Readings for June 6, 2021
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18
Mark 14:12-16, 22-26
The Psalmist asks, “How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done for me?” It is a question that both acknowledges the love bestowed upon us by our God and a question that asks how we return that love. Yet while the Psalms were written 5-900 years before Christ, we now know that the answer lies in another question.
As Jesus asked James and John: are we ready to drink of the cup of salvation that Jesus will drink (MATT 20:22)? They, of course, answered yes, but did not fully understand the question. We have more information now, where we can see with the recorded history of the Passion of Christ that Jesus did not take the final cup at the Passover until all was completely fulfilled in his dying moments on the Cross. In other words, the cup of salvation is provided to us with the blood shed by Jesus, and Jesus asks his disciples, are we ready to make this same sacrifice? If the answer is yes, we drink.
Fortunately, most of us will not shed our blood for Jesus. But the question for us today, and each day that we accept the Eucharist, is whether we are ready to make that return to the Lord for all the good He has done. He created us. With His breath we are brought to life. With His Son, we are redeemed. With His Holy Spirit we have holiness within our hearts, waiting for us to live what is already within us. Will we return these gifts, this love, to Him?
Personally, I always feel righteous and able to drink from the Cup, to give a resounding “YES!” proudly recalling to myself the smallest effort I have already put forth—like not grumbling in the parking lot after Mass or moving toward the center of the pew when someone arrives late. And those are good things, but they fall short of the calling of the Cup of Salvation. I need to live my life in the reckless abandon of the love Christ taught. I need to put others first in every way, not just in the parking lot. And, I can’t brag about it. Not even a simple humble brag to my friends. My loving actions can’t be about me and they can’t be for me. Jesus gave us his body and his blood. I yearn to participate in the Eucharist, but am I ready to drink from the Cup?
O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament, have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption. Amen
-Mass Collect Prayer for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ