THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2017
of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
June 18, 2017
1 Corinthians 10:16-17
The greatest prod to and foundation for unity in the body
of Christ is the Eucharist. It is the partaking by all Catholics
of the body and blood of Jesus. “The cup of blessing
that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ?
The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the
body of Christ?” (1 Cor 10:16). Of course it is. So
what is the implication of that for us all? “Because
the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for
we all partake of the one loaf.” (1 Cor 10:17).
had tested His chosen people in the desert. He disciplined
them through affliction. But all of that was just a prelude
to the wonderful blessings that awaited those who remained
faithful and obedient. God afflicted them but also provided
for them. “He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger,
and then fed you with manna, a food unknown to you and your
ancestors” (Dt 8:3a). For those who passed the test,
who underwent the disciplinary formation, there awaited great
prosperity. “For the Lord, your God, is bringing you
into a good country, a land with streams of water, with springs
and fountains welling up in the hills and valleys, a land
of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates,
of olive trees and of honey” (Dt 8:7-8).
the desert, what sustained them was the manna. What assured
them of a great future was the manna. God “fed you in
the wilderness with manna, a food unknown to your ancestors,
that he might afflict you and test you, but also make you
prosperous in the end.” (Dt 8:16).
about now? We who are God’s people have also gone astray,
and thus reaped the consequences--God’s chastisement
and the discipline inflicted by the Father on His wayward
children. At times the trials and suffering are unbearable.
On our own we would not be able to withstand them. But again,
God comes to our rescue. In this valley of tears, in this
desert of affliction, God from heaven provides us the new
manna. It is the body and blood of Jesus in the Eucharist.
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; ....
and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of
the world.” (Jn 6:51a,c).
enabled the Israelites to live in the barren desert. So too,
in today’s spiritually barren world, does the Eucharist
give us life, even to life eternal. Jesus says, “whoever
eats this bread will live forever” (Jn 6:51b). “This
is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors
who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live
forever.” (Jn 6:58).
Eucharist is God’s provision to sustain us in this darkened
world. It strengthens us to withstand the oppression and sufferings
in life. It gives us spiritual life on earth, and assures
us of eternal life in heaven. It unites us as one body for
the sake of mission.
input (may be discussed in households)
was a food unknown to our ancestors-in-faith. How about the
Eucharist? Do we truly believe in our hearts the reality of
its being the body and blood of Jesus? The Jews did not (Jn
If we truly believe in the reality, do we then give it the
respect, reverence and awe that is due?
confession of sin before partaking of Holy Communion.
Reverential approach to receiving Communion.
Fervent prayers of thanksgiving after Communion.
As we partake of the Eucharist each and every week, do we
strive for the unity that it fosters, being O.N.E. in Christ,
both in our parishes and in CFC-FFL? Are we peacemakers?
Do we strive to grow in holiness, having Jesus physically
present in the temple of the Holy Spirit which is our body?
At the end of the Eucharistic celebration, we are told to
“Go.” Do we go forth for the rest of the week,
onward to New Evangelization, with great zeal for the Kingdom?