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Homilies :: Latin Rite
9th Sunday of the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

Exodus 24: 3-8,

Heb 9: 11-15,

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples said to him, "Where do you want us to go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?" He sent two of his disciples and said to them, "Go into the city and a man will meet you, carrying a jar of water. Follow him.


Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, 'The Teacher says, "Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?"' Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready.


Make the preparations for us there." The disciples then went off, entered the city, and found it just as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover. While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, "Take it; this is my body." Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many. Amen, I say to you, I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God." Then, after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

 

Feast of Corpus Christi


The Last Supper of the Lord, the Passover had so many implications. Except Jesus no one in that party knew that was the ‘last’ supper. The more He instructed the disciples on the Passion and death, the less they digested. This could have been the most painful agony of Jesus when he asked them to prepare the Passover meals. As for now the whole arrangements were meticulously done by the Master himself and what the disciples had to do was to monitor the procedures and watch over a ‘well-prepared’ dining hall where everything was set. The one who was about to offer himself fully for his loved ones has gone into the minute details of all physical arrangements where he could deliver fully.


Today the Church is celebrating the feast of Corpus Christi-The feast of the most sacred Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ given and shared in the Most Sacred Sacrament of the Eucharist. The one who offered himself to be consumed by his followers was really daring that he understood and acknowledged all the implications and after effects of this self giving. Once you are consumed by someone, you no longer exist-that is the end of your earthly presence, no one may ask of you afterwards. For simple example, when a Parish Priest is transferred and another assumes the seat, his name and fame slowly but steadily disappears from the vicinity. You have experienced it in your working places whenever your Boss was shifted. People shall adapt to the situations so easily that the other becomes ‘ex’.


But here the temperature is different. Jesus intended a self giving that should become an everlasting memory because his self giving was as dear for him as it was for his dear ones alone, and whoever receives his body and blood becomes His further existence. So he said, “Do this in memory of me”. He has not spared a single stone unturned in reaching this goal. He wanted to be the sweet memory in the lives of people who really searched for him.


On this feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus our reflections shall also be around the dining tables. Is there any difference between my table and Jesus’ table? What am I sharing on my table? Am I giving myself fully for my loved and loving ones on this table? Jesus became Eucharist, - Param Prasad (Hindi) Divyakarunyam (Malayalam) – by his self giving. He could tell his disciples that “This is my Body, my Blood” by offering them the bread and wine. He wanted to touch the core of human wants and make his presence so experiential for the faithful. There is a saying in English, “The door to heart is through the stomach”. Once you have satisfied the first need of the people you will be able to quench the unexpressed wants of their lives too.


Among the miracles of Jesus the multiplication of the bread stands a bit high, because there it was not a single individual who was cured, but large crowds were miraculously cured of the most painful disease in theworld-Hunger. This paved way to a new understanding of religion. Not rituals neither praise nor worship but charity-merciful, compassionate charity counts high in religious practices. St. James in his letter instructed his readers to be practical Christians. (James 2: 14-17). If you are celebrating the feast of the Precious Body and Blood of Jesus today, you are supposed to be “Practicing Christians” and genuine Christians who can offer themselves fully from their own hard work. Every parent shall bring the daily bread for their wards from the labour they do in noble tasks. Let’s strive to build up a Church and a society that are ready to offer them fully for the other and let that start from myself. Amen!


Fr Biju Tharaniyil CMI


A Story You Can Use


In the Vietnam War, some stray artillery rounds landed in an orphanage, wounding several children. One was a nine-year old girl who lost lot of blood. Word quickly reached nearby American forces and they dispatched a Navy doctor and nurse to help the children. They went to workfirst on the young girl who was in shock and needed immediate blood transfusion to save her life.


To get a donor, the doctor and nurse called together a group of unharmed children, and in their limited knowledge of Vietnamese language they explained to the children that someone would have to give blood to help save the little girl’s life. At first nothing but silence and stares from the frightened youngsters. Then a small hand went up in hesitation, then down again, then up again, the hand of a little boy, age ten.


The nurse quickly asked his name. “Heng,” he replied in a whisper. He was placed on a cot; his blood quickly drawn for a compatibility test, which was passed. Then the transfusion started from him to the little girl. But Heng soon broke into crying that grew into deeper sobs. “Is it hurting, Heng?” asked the nurse. He shook his head no, but went into deeper sobs. Soon he was into a flood of tears. The medical team became nervous. Something was wrong.


At that moment a Vietnamese nurse arrived on the scene. She spoke to Heng in his own language. She spoke to him softly and he became calm. Turning to the American medics, the nurse said in subdued tones: “He thought he was going to die. He had the impression that you needed all his blood, and that he would have to die to help save the little girl’s life”


The shocked doctor asked, “How could he possibly have the guts to do that?” The Vietnamese nurse turned and asked the little boy. He answered simply, “Because she is my friend.”

 


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