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Jun 6 Homily Connect: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body & Blood

Scriptures Ex 24:3-8, Heb 9:11-15, Mk 14:12-16, 22-26

A Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories for a Better World (2003) Story

  • Meeting of Israeli and Palestinian women at conference in Oslo, Norway
  • Discussion on loss and what might be gained if the two peoples lived well together
  • Women went for coffee and talked until after midnight
  • Older Israeli woman walked young Palestinian woman back to her hotel
  • Younger woman didn’t want older Israeli woman to go back alone – she walked her half the way to her hotel
  • Palestinian woman confused:  “I don’t know what to do now that my enemy is my friend.”
  • Airport in Tel Aviv – Israeli women whisked through customs and baggage claim – Palestinian women detained – Israeli woman waited until Palestinian women released
  • The “way of peace” means connecting with those we fear, hate, etc.-leaving no one behind

This True Story and the Feast of the Holy Body and Blood of Christ

  • Synod Question: When I receive Jesus in the Eucharist, am I aware that I am receiving Jesus in charity all of my brothers and sisters?
  • That is our powerful question as we celebrate this Feast

What is Transformed at Mass

  • If all that is transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass is the bread and wine – we are missing an important piece of the equation of the Eucharist
  • When hearts are open, we receive the Risen Lord, really, completely
  • Flannery O’Conner “If it is just a symbol, to heck with it.”
  • Seventy percent of Catholics do not believe in the real presence of Risen Lord in Eucharist
  • Is it so the Creator cannot give us the miracle of the Risen Jesus? How can this be?
  • Saint Augustine – when we receive Jesus we become Jesus
  • Are you and I becoming Jesus?

Pope Francis

  • “Eucharist…the fullness of Sacramental life…is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the week.” (Joy of the Gospel, 47)
  • None of us our worthy and we all need Jesus

In the End

  • We are all welcomed to the Lord’s table – no one should be excluded
  • What a slippery slope that would become if we were judges
  • None of us are worthy, we all need Jesus
  • Healed and strengthened, my heart can expand
  • Can we see and hear Jesus in each other?
  • How beautiful if the Eucharist became our “way of peace” together!

Questions for Reflection

  • What impacted you from today’s Readings and/or homily?
  • How do you understand that the Eucharist is a gift for all?
  • Have you ever felt transformed in any way when you received Jesus?
  • Have you ever experienced the Eucharist as “a way of peace?” When what was that like for you?

Live Connected

  • This week be intentional about acknowledging the Risen Lord in you and finding a simple way to express your “way of peace.”