Vocation Meditation -
Corpus Christi Sunday, 2011
Jesus said to the Jewish crowds:
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever."
The Body and Blood of Jesus Christ! Jesus surprised His hearers with the revelation about His unique way of feeding His people. With unflinching courage and clarity, He revealed the revolutionary way of God’s abiding and nourishing love for the world in the Eucharist.
Each time we partake of the great mystery of the Eucharist, Jesus is telling us to take His life to the very center of our being. Jesus’ death and rising to new life gave the Eucharist the sacrificial expression of God’s love for the broken humanity. In their brokenness, He feeds them Himself.
Each time we celebrate and receive the Eucharist, Jesus personally feeds our hearts, our souls, our minds. Let us then revitalize our lives with the reception of His Body and Blood until we are fully filled with the very life of God.
“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.”
How has my daily/weekly Eucharist revitalized my day/s?
The Eucharist is your best gift to the Church, your mystical Body, and to me! Your abiding love becomes food for our souls, the signature of Your unconditional love. Enrich my vocation that I may be like the Eucharist: bread broken, bread and wine given and given up for others for love of You, Lord. Amen.
For the full Gospel reading for this Sunday, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site.