Feast of Corpus Christi
The early Christian Community began to come together and celebrate a memorial of Jesus’ death and resurrection in a communal meal. Eating and drinking with Jesus was a central experience of the disciples. The Christian community experienced the life-giving presence of Jesus the Christ in the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the cup. The presence of God in Jesus became central to the ritual life of the early Christians. Their experience of God in Jesus called the community to share in the life of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit. By its very nature the Christian community is called to ritualize its faith in and its witness to Jesus.
Jesus in the Universe Story, Cletus Wessels, OP .
Lord, we do this in memory of you.
Reflect on the fact that we are the body of Christ for one another.
For as often as you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes
1 Cor 11:26
This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.
I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord
In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Every Eucharist is a is a profound affirmation of the prodigiously nourishing God who wants to see nobody excluded from the table of cosmic abundance.
Discipleship means eating at his table and experiencing his banquet. That banquet is an inclusive banquet, including not just me and not just us, but those we tend to exclude.
The Eucharist is the symbol and the sacrament of the risen Christ who is the beginning of the transfiguration of all creation.
A Eucharistic community is a new energy field by which relationships generate new patterns of love, mercy, compassion and forgiveness.
Every day is some way we are challenged to become the bread that is broken for the hungry of the world.