11th June, 2023
This marvelous celebration transports us from the journey of the Israelites in the past to a present in which Jesus surrenders himself and becomes food for the Church. In the First Reading from the book of Deuteronomy, Moses reminds the people how God satisfied their hunger on their journey to the Promised Land. In the Second Reading, while facing the growing divisions among the Corinthians, St. Paul reaffirms the unity and the love that arises out of their common baptism and their participation in the Eucharist.
In today’s Gospel Jesus proclaims that all who eat his flesh and drinks his blood will live forever. To celebrate this special day, small groups could reflect on the Word; the church could be decorated with flowers and plants that express the community’s joy in this celebration. If a procession is not feasible, perhaps at the conclusion of each Mass, the celebrant could expose the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance, and invite the assembly to remain in silent prayer for one another and for those in need among their family or community members, especially those who feel lonely or are sick.
Rev. Juan J. Sosa