F1. “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you.” Why was blood so significant in those ceremonies? Why was it used to seal solemn agreements? Is there a relationship between blood and life? Between blood and death?
F2. Have you ever made solemn agreements (covenants)? What do they tell you about God’s covenant with the Israelites?
S1. In John 17:24 Jesus says “I wish that where I am they also may be with me. … ” In today’s reading Jesus “entered once for all into the sanctuary, not with the blood of goats and calves but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.” Did he bring us (redeemed now though his love) along into the sanctuary with him?
S2. Jesus entered the sanctuary, the one not of this creation, once for all of us, so that we may receive the promised eternal inheritance. Is there any response to Christ’s love for us—which is beyond all comprehension—other than awe-filled reverence and love? What could some other actions be?
Mark 14:12-16, 22-26
G1. Can you say in your own words what happens in the Eucharist to our poverty, according to Pope Francis?
… And in the Eucharist, the Lord makes us travel his path, that of service, of sharing, of gift, and what little we have, what little we are, if shared, becomes wealth, because the power of God, which is that of love, descends into our poverty to transform it.
So let us ask ourselves, in adoring Christ who is really present in the Eucharist: do I let the Lord who gives himself to me, guide me to going out ever more from behind my little enclosure, in order to give, to share, to love him and others?
Holy Mass on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi
May 31, 2013
G2. Surely the disciples hadn’t understood what Jesus was doing at the Last Supper, but they trusted him absolutely. Where do you go when you need help with trust? Friends? A Priest? Books? To the Holy Spirit?
**From Saint Louis University