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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

June 26, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Sunday Masses, T

“Behold the bread of angels….”

Sunday Mass Readings: June 26, 2011

Today’s Sunday Mass Reading is for Corpus Christi.

The Lord fed his people with the finest wheat and honey; their hunger was satisfied.

First Reading

[Manna in the Desert]

Moses reminds the Israelites that although God let them hunger, still he fed them with manna, a food unknown. He brought then out of the slavery of Egypt and cared for them.

A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy.

Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14-16
2 And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments, or not.
3 And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but that man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.
14 then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage,
15 who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock,
16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna which your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end.

Responsorial Psalm

[Best of Wheat]

Psalms 147:12-15,19-20
12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your sons within you.
14 He makes peace in your borders; he fills you with the finest of the wheat.
15 He sends forth his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.
19 He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and ordinances to Israel.
20 He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his ordinances. Praise the LORD!

Second Reading

[Body and Blood]

In the one bread and sharing the one cup, we are united in the body and blood of Jesus. We, though many, are still one body in Jesus.

A reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 10:16-17
16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

Gospel Reading

[True Food, True Drink]

Jesus speaks of his body and blood in the holy Eucharist. Whoever receives the holy Eucharist will be raised up on the last day; whoever eats this bread will live forever.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

John 6:51-58
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you;
54 he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.
58 This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever.

Listen in to Father Robert Barron’s sermon…

For today’s homily from the Gospel of John, listen to Fr. Robert Barron’s very relevant, insightful and inspiring sermon.

“All of us are on a spiritual journey from sin to salvation. Like the Israelites longing for a return to Egypt, many of us occasionally desire our old addictions, providing the anxious ego with comfort and security. Far from Egypt, the Promised Land is the spiritual space of complete dependence upon God. But the Israelites are not there yet. They need to eat the manna from heaven. For Catholics, this is the Eucharist. It is the means to getting God’s divine life within us.”

Click link below to listen:
» Bread in the Desert: Feast of Corpus Christi.
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» Bread in the Desert: Feast of Corpus Christi.


You never saw Him, and yet believe in Him with sublime and inexpressible joy – a joy which many desire to experience. You are assured that you have been saved by a gratuitous gift, not by our actions -no, but by the will of God through Jesus Christ.

— St. Polycarp (Letter to Philippians)



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