THE EUCHARIST – PERFECT HUMILITY

Sunday 22nd June – Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Reflection: John 6: 51-58

THE EUCHARIST – PERFECT HUMILITY

The Eucharist is the highest form of humility, for in it, the God of the whole universe humbles himself to be concealed under the appearance of bread and wine. If you are tempted like the Jews by pride, you must confront yourself with the Eucharistic humility of Jesus. If God could come down so low to us, why do we try to raise our self so high in pride in meeting him? No wonder he said to Zacchaeus: “come down, the Lord wants to meet you…” Those that must meet the Lord must come down from the ivory towers of pride and self esteem, come down from high expectations, of great and miraculous signs, and behold the mystery of mysteries, the mystery of love divine- our God concealed in bread and wine!

He is our bread, our life, our source and summit. For truly, we are worth nothing, and if he who is everything could humble himself to come down to our world at the orders of his priest, then, why my soul do you dare to raise yourself in pride?  Christ says: “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every “word” that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4). Christ himself, the Word of God, is our bread. The Father gives us the bread of his son that we might come to him.

The only logic to explain this mystery is that with God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. Jesus, through the Eucharist we receive takes on our body as the veil of his continued dwelling in our world today. You and I are now the veil of his abiding presence in our world through which all his earthly ministry must continue.

Prayer: Lord, in the Holy Eucharist, you give us your very self; May I in this world be: The eyes with which you see and show compassion; the ears with which you hear cries for mercy and justice, the mouth with which you speak truth and salvation, the hands and heart with which you show love and charity. Indeed lord, may I be you, today, on earth. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH:  CCC 1413: Transubstantiation

By the consecration the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is brought about. Under the consecrated species of bread and wine, Christ Himself, living and glorious is present in a true, real and substantial manner; His Body and His Blood, with His Soul and His Divinity.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Whoever who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day” John 6: 54CCB

Readings for today: Deuteronomy 8: 2-3, 14-16; Psalm 148: 12-15, 19-20; 1 Corinthians 10: 16-17; John 6: 51-58

WHY WORRY?

Saturday 21st June – Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious

Reflection: Matthew 6:24-34

WHY WORRY?

An individual whose life is totally surrendered to Christ necessarily has no worry. Such person is assured of God’s divine provision because such life has found the Kingdom in which every other good thing lies. Christ tells us today to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and every other thing we need will be given unto us without stress (Matthew 6:33).

Dear friend, we can easily become overwhelmed as we look to the future and work hard to meet up with our needs, desires and societal expectations. Christ’s assurance does not give us a license to be lazy. Instead, He asks us to hand over all our desires to Him in absolute trust and seek to please Him. Only then, in total surrender can we truly have our needs met and enjoy the happiness and peace our heart desires.

Worrying cannot add anything to our lives. Therefore open every aspect of your life to God almighty and the abundance of His kingdom.

Prayer: Father Lord, give me the grace to serve only you as my Lord and to continually seek the righteousness of your kingdom. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 477 What does it mean to learn from Jesus how to pray?

Learning from Jesus how to pray means entering into his boundless trust, joining in his prayer, and being led by him, step by step, to the Father.

Hide a treasure: I will not break my covenant with him or take back even one promise I made with him. Psalm 89:34 GNB

Readings for today: 2 Chronicles 24:17-25; Psalm 89:4-5, 29-34; Matthew 6:24-34

WHERE IS YOUR TREASURE?

Friday 20th June – Friday of week 11 of the year

Reflection: Matthew 6:19-23

WHERE IS YOUR TREASURE?

The treasures we store up in heaven are our good works. Therefore, if we engage ourselves in good works; our minds will surely be where the records of such good works are being stored – in Heaven.

Brethren, the totality of our obedience to God and the practice of good works is summed up in love of God and love of neighbour. When the works of our hands are good and filled with love, our treasures are being stored up in Heaven but when the works of our hands do not reflect love, when we chase after material gain and personal pleasure alone, we store up treasures for ourselves only here on earth where moths can destroy and thieves can break in and steal.

Let us therefore reflect on our daily works and see if our treasures are being stored up in heaven for the kingdom of God is at hand and our works will speak for us on that day of reckoning (Matthew 25: 31-46). Are you living with eternity in view? Do you have treasures stored in Heaven?

Prayer: Father, in your mercy, let my works always reflect love so that I can have treasures stored up in heaven. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 163 – What is the Last Judgment?

The Last Judgment will take place at the end of the world, at the second coming of Christ. “All who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment” (Jn 5:29).

HIDE A TREASURE: “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” Colossians 3: 2 RSV-CE

Readings for today: 2 Kings 11:1-4, 9-18, 20; Psalm 132:11-18; Matthew 6:19-23

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Thursday 19th June – Thursday of week 11 of the year

Reflection: Matthew 6:7-15

THE LORD’S PRAYER

A close look at the Lord’s Prayer reveals the “completeness of the prayer”. Today we shall emphasize the phrase “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”. The reality of this verse stares us hard in the face: if we do not forgive others, God in heaven will not grant us the forgiveness of our sins. How terrible it will be if God does not forgive a man – such person is eternally damned.

Many of us Christians today find it “normal” to hold grudges against others with the justification that such people have hurt us deeply and it is not possible for us to forgive them. Some of us may have been betrayed by friends and family, denied justice, embarrassed publicly for what we know nothing of, or discriminated against even by our own nation. Indeed, we may have been disappointed in several ways but we must look up to our loving Father as an example – He forgives us always even when we betray Him over and over again.

It may be really hard to forgive but Christ has made his grace sufficient for us. We can truly forgive when we ask Jesus for the grace to. We must always bear in mind that without forgiving others, we cannot receive forgiveness from God ourselves.

Prayer: Father in heaven, I need your grace to totally forgive others even before they offend me. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 524 – What does it mean to say, “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”?

Merciful forgiveness—the mercy that we show to others and the mercy that we ourselves seek—is indivisible. If we ourselves are not merciful and do not forgive one another, God’s mercy will not reach our hearts.

Many people have a lifelong struggle with their inability to forgive. The deep blockade of being unreconciled is resolved only by looking to God, who adopted us “while we were yet sinners” (Rom 5:8). Because we have a kind Father, forgiveness and reconciliation in life are possible

HIDE A TREASURE: “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” Matthew 6: 14-15 RSV-CE

Readings for today: Sirach 48: 1-15; Psalm 97:1-7; Matthew 6: 7-15