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Homily for the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, Year A


Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14b-16a

1 Corinthians 10:16-17

John 6:51-58
Beloved in Christ, today is a special day for we celebrate the solemnity of the body and blood of Christ. We celebrate the total self-gift of God to the human race so as to restore us into a right relationship with Him.
Without the Eucharist, our Christian faith is meaningless. For in every Eucharistic celebration, we enter into the exact moment when Jesus was being nailed and crucified. It is therefore not just a recall of what happened in the past but rather it happens again; for the same saving grace is effected in the celebration.
Beloved, the Eucharist makes us who we are , defining for us who we are and what we would be. There is a reciprocity between worship and life. Therefore, as we worship, so we will believe and so we will live. Lex Orandi, lex crendendi, lex vivendi. In other words ,how we worship reflects what we believe and it also determines how we live. What we celebrate as a church is just as important as what we believe.
The Eucharist is a celebration of our unity. (cf 1 Cor. 10:17), for we though many are united in the one body since we partake of the same bread. It is also a celebration of our communion, our love; for we receive others into our world of concern
My dear friend, the Eucharist is God’s idea and not ours. It is a meal that should transform us. In the words of St. Augustine, “it is no use feeding on Christ with our teeth, if we are not feeding on Him with our minds, that is, by faith.
This celebration offers us the opportunity to examine our attitude towards the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and also to assess the effects of the Eucharist on our Christian lives.
Through the Eucharist, we get to live in Christ and have Christ live in us. The Christian life is an invitation to live in Christ and to always remain in Him. Today as we reflect on this gift of Himself that Christ has given us, we are reminded that Christ gives Himself wholly to us and withholds  nothing. This should be our example.
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