LOOK BEYOND THE BREAD YOU EAT…

Sunday 7th June –Solemnity of the most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Reflection: Mark 14: 22-26

LOOK BEYOND THE BREAD YOU EAT…

The body and blood express the life of the being that possesses them. Christ once taught His disciples in these words at the close of His earthly life: “Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). There is therefore no greater expression of love than a sacrifice of life in its totality.

God; who is Love, gives His life in the sacrifice of His begotten Son (true God from true God and consubstantial with the Father). Christ out of perfect love gave a sacrifice of Himself for the salvation of the world at the first Eucharistic feast (Mass) during the Passover; with a perfect accomplishment of this ‘once for all’ sacrifice by His death on the Cross (Hebrews 9:12-14). At the Last Supper, He instituted the Eucharist as a memorial of His infinite Love. He gave us a daily nourishment of His true life: in the appearance of bread and wine that we may live His life of Love here on earth and join in the unending feast in heaven. With this perfect sacrifice, He sealed His covenant of love with us; as with the Israelites when Moses sprinkled the blood of sacrificed oxen after all the people had promised to live by the same divine covenant (Exodus 24: 3-8).

Friends in Christ, today we celebrate God’s love for us fully expressed in the mystery of the Holy Eucharist. Let us learn from Christ’s sacrifice as we feast at His table. Let us love as we have been loved: this is living by the divine commandment. Look beyond the bread you eat, see your savior and God. Look beyond the wine you drink, see His love for the world.

PRAYER: Dear God, give me perfect love like Yours. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 211 – How important is the Eucharist for the Church?

The celebration of the Eucharist is the heart of the Christian communion. In it the Church becomes Church.
We are not Church because we get along well, or because we happen to end up in the same parish community, but rather because in the Eucharist we receive the Body of Christ and are increasingly being transformed into the Body of Christ.

HIDE A TREASURE: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him” John 6: 56 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Exodus 24: 3-8; Psalm 116: 12-13, 15-18; Mark 14: 12-16, 22-26

HOW DO I LOVE GOD?

Monday 4th May – Monday of the 5th week of Eastertide

Reflection: John 14:21-26

HOW DO I LOVE GOD?

Our catechism teaches us that God created us to know Him, love Him and serve Him in this world and be happy with Him eternally; also, when asked about the greatest commandment, Jesus replied: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart…” (Mt 22:27). Hence the injunction to love God is central to our Christian faith. We often ask ourselves: how do I love God? In what ways can I fulfill the command to love God?

Jesus tells us exactly what loving God means: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:21). Hence we must constantly ask ourselves: Am I living in obedience to God? Dear friend, it is very easy for us to disobey God in the way we think, speak and act each day; indeed it takes deliberate efforts to please God rather than behave the way the society wires us to. Yet, our love for God demands that we obey Him in all things and love our fellow men sacrificially just as He has loved us. (John 13:34-35).

Take some moments to examine yourself today. Do you truly love God? Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to see the areas of your life in which you may not be living in obedience to God. And ask for His mercy and the grace to love God sincerely and faithfully.

PRAYER: Dear God, I ask for the grace of a genuine love for you and my fellow men. Please help me to obey you always. Amen.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Those who love me will obey my teaching. My father will love them, and my father and I will come to them and live them” John 14:23 GNB

Today’s Readings: Acts 14: 5-18; Psalm 114: 1-4, 15-16; John 14: 21-26

LOVE IS SACRIFICIAL


Wednesday 15th April – Wednesday of the 2nd week of Eastertide

Reflection: John 3: 16-21

LOVE IS SACRIFICIAL

There is truth in the saying: “we can give without loving, but we cannot love without giving.” How much of ourselves we are willing to part with is one of the cardinal tests of the depth of our love.

Today’s gospel reading shows the depth of God the Father’s love for us His creatures: “…God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not be lost but may have eternal life.”
Dear friend, we all claim to love God and our neighbor but how truly sacrificial is our love? Do we simply profess to love God because we need Him to answer our prayers? How much of our treasure can we freely give to His service? Genuine love is not self seeking.

As we go about our activities this day, let us keep in mind that there will be times when love will place demands on us. Occasions will arise when we need to jettison our own interest in other to meet the needs of others. At those times, let us not fail the test of love; let us exercise the needed sacrifice. This is an important proof of our discipleship.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, please grant me the grace to pay the needed sacrifice that my love for You and my neighbour demands from me. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2447 – The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting, are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently…giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God.

HIDE A TREASURE: “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” 1 John 3: 16-17 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Acts 5: 17-26; Psalm 34: 2-9; John 3: 16-21

TRUE LOVE: THE BEST WAY TO PLEASE GOD.

Friday 6th February – Memorial St Paul Miki & Companions, Martyrs

Reflection: Hebrews 13: 1-8

TRUE LOVE: THE BEST WAY TO PLEASE GOD.

The desire to please God should be at the heart of our desire as Christians. For anyone who takes His Christian faith seriously, each day brings the challenge and the opportunity of pleasing God. Christ makes it clear to us that to please God is to obey His commandment – the commandment to love one another just as Christ has loved us. (John 13:34-35).

We express this true love by hospitality to all, even to strangers; by sharing in the pains of those who suffer and in the joys of those who rejoice without any form of envy. We express this love by being tolerant; keeping no grudges, being faithful to our promises especially to God and our spouses, bearing in mind that judgment awaits all those who are immoral.

Beloved, the essence of true love in the life of a Christian cannot be over-emphasised. The gospel is itself a message of love – a love that led God to allow the blood of His only son to be shed so that we can be reconciled to Him and become partakers in His divine nature. Let us therefore open our hearts to others in true love, bearing in mind that love is the essence of our lives as Christians and is our path to truly pleasing God. Be alert for the opportunities to love others today!

PRAYER: Lord, please give me the grace to always be willing to love others sacrificially just as you have done for me. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 280: What reasons do Christians give for human dignity?

Every person, from the first moment of his life in the womb, has an inviolable dignity, because from all eternity God willed, loved, created, and redeemed that person and destined him for eternal happiness.

HIDE A TREASURE: Do not neglect to offer hospitality, for by doing it some have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings Hebrews 13:1-8; Psalm 27: 1-9; Mark 6:14-29