This is my body; this is my blood

Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, when we celebrate the gift of the Body and Blood of Christ, given to us in the Eucharist. Today’s Gospel reading finds Jesus at the Last Supper with his disciples. Jesus knows that he is about to be arrested and crucified. This is his last meal and he chooses to eat with the twelve apostles, knowing that Judas will betray him and Peter will deny him. Jesus has arranged everything for the meal – the room, the food and the drink. When he comes to share the bread and wine with his friends, he tells them, ‘This is my body’ and ‘This is my blood.’ He is teaching the disciples that, every time they share the bread and wine of the Eucharist, he will be present with them.

On the Cross Jesus gave his life, to the very last drop of blood, to save us from our sins. When we celebrate Mass, we remember and make present the sacrifice of Jesus. When we receive Holy Communion, our sins are forgiven and we are drawn into unity with Jesus and with one another. We are members of the Body of Christ.

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