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19th Sunday of the Year: You are what you eat. Catholic Inspiration

As we continue to hear the “Bread of Life” discourse from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John, we reflect on how our spiritual health is renewed by the frequent and worthy reception of Holy Communion. We are what we eat!

Mass Readings – 19th Sunday of the Year

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Study, Pray, Serve: 19th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the main themes present in the readings for the 19th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – 1 Kings 19:4-8

  • Elijah is hungry in the wilderness and is fed by the angel of God.
  • Elijah’s food is meant to strengthen him for his journey.

Psalm – 34:2-9

  • “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.”
  • We give praise and glory to God who saves us from distress.

2nd Reading – Ephesians 4:30-5:2

  • We are imitators of God as beloved children and live in love.
  • We cast out vices and we forgive one another as God has forgiven us.

Gospel – John 6:41-51

  • Continuing with the “Bread of Life” discourse from last week, Jesus addresses those who are murmuring.
  • Christ reaffirms that he is the living bread; whoever eats this bread will live forever.

Mass Readings – 19th Sunday of the Year

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18th Sunday of the Year: Holy Communion is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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In the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel Jesus says that he is the Bread of Life, and as we hear these words in the context of the New Testament and the early Church we come to the awareness that this bread – our reception of Holy Communion at Mass – is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ!

Mass Readings – 18th Sunday of the Year

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Corpus Christi: Holy Communion is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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At every Mass the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, what we call the Real Presence. In his teaching to the disciples, the Lord defines and commands us to receive him in Holy Communion. In light of the past year with the pandemic, we have discovered just how crucial it is for us to carry out this command of Christ.

Mass Readings – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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Study, Pray, Serve: The Body and Blood of Christ

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On this feast of the Body and Blood of the Christ (Corpus Christi), let’s take a look at some of the themes that surface in the readings.

1st Reading – Exodus 24:3-8

  • The people affirm that they will “do everything that the Lord has told us.”
  • Moses sprinkles the people with the blood of the sacrifice to show their covenant with God.

Psalm – 116:12-13,15-16,17-18

  • “I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.”
  • We are the Lord’s servants, and we make our vows to God.

2nd Reading – Hebrews 9:11-15

  • Jesus Christ offers his blood as the sacrifice that cleanses us.
  • Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, made possible by his saving death.

Gospel – Mark 14:12-16,22-26

  • Jesus directs his disciples to prepare the Passover meal.
  • Jesus offers his Body and Blood as a new covenant.

Mass Readings – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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Daily Mass: A mystical reflection on Holy Communion. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus offers a mystical reflection on his Flesh and Blood, the true food and drink that bring us eternal life.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 3rd Week of Easter

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Corpus Christi: The gift of Holy Communion. Catholic Inspiration

As our churches reopen from COVID-19, the gift of the Body and Blood of the Lord comes into clear focus. Christ feeds us with this precious Holy Communion, empowering us for service in the world.

Mass Readings – The Body and Blood of Christ

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Corpus Christi – The Body and Blood of Christ

Last Supper

Study:  Reflect on the Mass.  What parts do you find most helpful?

Pray:  Consider making a list of prayer needs for your use at Mass.  Keep this list near you for reference when you go to Church.

Serve:  Perhaps you know others who have been away from Mass for awhile.  Consider making the effort to invite them to join you at Mass.

Mass Readings – The Body and Blood of Christ

The celebration of the Eucharist is the highest form of Christian prayer.  Jesus defines the bread and wine and his body and blood, and then he commands his disciples to “take and eat…take and drink” in his memory.  Besides the readings we will hear at Mass, some other crucial Scripture passages testify to this essential element of our faith:

  • Matthew 26:26-29
  • Mark 14:22-26
  • Luke 22: 14-23
  • John 6:51-58
  • 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

What happens when we go to Mass?  What do we encounter when we open our hearts to this hour long prayer?  Here are few key points:

  • We hear a good selection of the Word of God
  • We receive Jesus Christ in Holy Communion
  • We unite in prayer with others
  • We pray for the sick, those who have died, and our special needs
  • We have a few moments for silence and reflection

Of course in our fast paced, entertain-me-so-I-won’t-be-bored world, we can look upon the central prayer of the Church and wonder why the Mass doesn’t “get modern.”  The reality is that the Mass continues to adapt to the culture and times.  The real question is this: Do I come to the Mass with an open heart to encounter the Lord and his disciples?  Do I come with a focus to offer my life to be renewed by Christ?

Here are seven ideas for getting the most out of Mass:

  1. Read the Sunday Scriptures ahead of time.  This way you can get a sense of the key themes and be better prepared to follow the homily.
  2. Come prepared to pray.  This seems obvious, but many people often don’t come with their “list” of intentions and needs.  Take some time before Mass to consider who or what in your life could use a prayer.
  3. Pray before Mass starts.  Sometimes we can rush into church, drop into a pew, and try to follow along with the Mass.  Give yourself 5-10 minutes to reflect on the past week, look to the next, and ask the Lord for guidance and strength.  It really helps!
  4. Receive Holy Communion with heightened awareness.  This is Jesus Christ who offered his life on a Cross for the salvation of our souls.  It’s his blood that was poured out for the forgiveness of our sins.  Make that moment of receiving Him intentional and reverent; let the “Amen” come from your heart!
  5. Pray after receiving Holy Communion.  You have just received the Lord Jesus into your body – you have become a living Tabernacle – there is no better time to offer the deepest, most important issues on your plate to the one who loves you.
  6. Consider one takeaway that you experienced from every Mass. Name one thing (just one is perfectly fine) that struck you at every Mass.  Perhaps it was a point in the homily, a line from a hymn, someone you prayed for, something you experienced, or an insight that came to you in silence.  By naming one takeaway you actively participate in the prayer and engage your faith as you live your life.
  7. Use a resource to get the most out of Mass.  Some people like a devotional, missal, or prayer booklet – something that can be used both in and out of church.  Others prefer an online resource where they can follow up at a website, video, or podcast.  Still others favor their smartphones for handheld resources that they can take anywhere.  Find what works for you…the only true measure is the resource that helps you engage your faith each and every day.

Jesus Christ gives us the gift of himself in every Mass.  He defines what we do and commanded us to do it.  Every time we come to Mass we encounter the Lord and allow his grace to transform our lives.  May his Body strengthen our bodies; may his Blood flow through our veins.

After all, as his disciples, we have his work to do.

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The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci; 1494-1499, tempera on gesso, pitch and mastic, 460 cm x 880 cm, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy.

Note: This blog was originally published on June 2, 2015.


Monday Conversation: The power of Holy Communion in our lives. Catholic Inspiration

Fr. Andrew and Dan Tracy on his 1st Communion – May 3, 1998.

Fr. Andrew and Dan Tracy recall some powerful memories that took place over twenty years ago, showing how our connections in sacred and secular ways can have profound and lasting effects in our Catholic faith…especially when we speak about the crucial role of Mass and receiving the Eucharist.

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Holy Thursday

On Holy Thursday we claim the precious treasure of Holy Communion whereby we receive the Lord – body and blood, soul and divinity – for the strength we need to carry out our tasks of service here on earth.

Mass Readings – Holy Thursday

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