HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST, YEAR B
Mark 14:12-16, 22-26
WE CELEBRATE A REALITY NOT A SYMBOL
Beloved in Christ, today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. This celebration invites us to explore the meaning of the Eucharist for our Christian life. For us Catholics, when it comes to the Eucharist, the focus is on taking Jesus Christ at His word. It is this that St Paul captures for us in 1Corinthians 11:23-26 (…took bread…this is my Body; this cup is the new covenant in my blood).
My dear friends, we are not here to celebrate a symbolism but a reality, even though we see with human eyes what looks like bread and wine, but with the eyes of faith, it is the body and blood of the risen Lord Jesus.
Today the church shows the world the body and blood of Christ and also invites us to adore Him. For St. Augustine, “No one eats this unless he first adores it”, going to mass is to worship and to receive Jesus Christ.
The first reading tells us that as a sacrifice to God, the people offered their main earthly wealth, their livestock, bulls, goats, calves and lambs. These items meant for them security, abundance, and a future for them and their children. These people offered to God a portion of their greatest wealth.
Thus, notwithstanding, Jesus shows in the gospel that sacrifice goes beyond bulls, goats and lambs, in fact it is the offering of Himself.
Beloved in Christ, the Eucharist is really the body and blood of Christ, receiving it makes us what we receive. The question is; what is our disposition in receiving Christ who offered himself for us to have life. Are we ready to leave all and come and encounter Him who has given himself up for us?