YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

Tuesday 27th January – Tuesday of week 3 of the year

Reflection: Hebrews 10: 1-10

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

“You Are What You Eat” was the theme of a dieting programme aired between 2004 and 2007 on the British Television. With the pandemic of non-infectious diseases like hypertension, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases etc, the world has become much more conscious of the impact of our diet and lifestyle choices on our health. You need not look too far to find numerous diet regimens being promoted in a bid to encourage a healthy life. We too, as Catholic Christians are what we eat; Christ invites us to eat His flesh in the discourse on the Eucharist and at the last supper, on the night He was betrayed (John 6:51; Matthew 26: 26-28).

The writer to the Hebrews tells us in today’s reading that “God’s will was for us to be made holy by the offering of his body made once and for all by Jesus Christ” (Hebrews 10:10). The blood of goats and bulls which were required under the old covenant for the cleansing of sin were grossly inadequate and lacked the power to truly purify the Israelites. However, the blood of Christ which was shed once and for all as He offered Himself on the cross has the power not only to take away our sins but also to purify our hearts and consciences and unite us with our Heavenly Father. Thus, the Eucharist raises us from our fallen state into union with God.

Dear friend, at every Mass you have the privilege of reliving this ultimate sacrifice. Each Mass is celebrated in obedience to Christ’s instruction: “do this in memory of me”. The Eucharist is a life giving meal; it pours out sanctifying grace – the very life of God into us and strengthens us in our journey of faith, preparing us to meet Him whom we receive face to face at the end of time. Jesus invites you and I to receive Him so we can be like Him. Let us open our hearts and minds to the Lord and approach Him with purity of heart so that the bread of life that we eat may bring us eternal life and not condemnation.

PRAYER: Thank you Jesus for the gift of your body and blood. Please help me to receive you worthily and frequently and to cooperate with the grace of holiness you give me in the Eucharist so that I may truly be Christ-like.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 221 – How does Holy Communion change me?

Every Holy Communion unites me more deeply with Christ, makes me a living member of the Body of Christ, renews the graces that I received in Baptism and Confirmation, and fortifies me for the battle against sin.

HIDE A TREASURE: “As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me” John 6: 57 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: Hebrews 10: 1-10; Psalm 40: 2-4, 7-11; Mark 3: 31-35

THE BLOOD OF JESUS

Saturday 24th January – Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop & Doctor

Reflection: Hebrews 9:2-3, 11-14

THE BLOOD OF JESUS

The shedding of Christ’s blood for us on Calvary is a significant aspect of our Christian faith. In fact, one can say that it is the bedrock of our faith because this is where our salvation was purchased. The Blood of Jesus is not a cheap commodity. Denying the efficacy of this blood is like denying your salvation entirely. The Blood of Jesus would be efficacious for you to the extent to which you honour Christ. Hence, whenever you utter the phrase, “the blood of Jesus” you should do it with full understanding and conviction that you are not just speaking mere words but word that carry power and authority to change things for good. They are not mere words because when you invoke the ‘Blood of Jesus’, you are invoking the very life of God, because “the life is in the blood” (Deuteronomy12:23).

The Blood of Jesus should not just be invoked in time of need or problem, but as Christians who have a proper understanding of this great treasure of our faith, we should actually adore this precious blood of our salvation. As you honour the Blood of Jesus, that is, as you appreciate God for the wonders of this blood, you are at the same time adoring God Himself and at the same time obtaining healing for our souls and that of the world. (Hebrews 9:14). So beloved, don’t just invoke the blood in times of problems, but also honour the Blood and you will see what God can do.

PRAYER:  Thank you Father for allowing the blood of your son Jesus to be the power that sets me free. May your blood O Jesus always avail for me whenever I invoke it. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 1323: “At the Last Supper, on the night He was betrayed, our Saviour instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of His Body and Blood. This He did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again…”

HIDE A TREASURE:  “His blood will purify our consciences from useless rituals, so that we may serve the living God” Hebrews 9:14 GNB

Readings for Today:  Hebrews 9:2-3, 11-14; Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9; Mark.3:20-21