Christ’s Flesh and Blood

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Today the Church celebrates the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ. The readings for today all point toward the Eucharist in an interesting way.

The first reading from Deuteronomy 8 speaks of the manna, the bread that came down from heaven. In the second reading, St. Paul asks two poignant questions about the Body and Blood of Christ.

The Gospel reading is from John 6, the Bread of Life discourse. Remember that Jesus spoke these words long before the Last Supper, when He instituted the Eucharist. Jesus knew exactly what was to come: that He would give His disciples for all time the ability to eat His Flesh and drink His Blood.

Father, we thank you for the gift of the Eucharist. May those of us who eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood have eternal life. Amen.

Today’s Readings


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