Beloved, remember the words spoken beforehand by the Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. Build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. On those who waver, have mercy; save others by snatching them out of the fire; on others have mercy with fear, abhorring even the outer garment stained by the flesh.
To the one who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you unblemished and exultant, in the presence of his glory, to the only God, our savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord be glory, majesty, power, and authority from ages past, now, and for ages to come. Amen.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
The worldwide body of Jesus Christ has different faces and tackles innumerably different challenges and needs. This weekend we hold up that reality as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. Each of us has a family history and personal story. Each of us has been marked as a member of Christ’s body. And each of us is sent on mission each day to care for this “body of Christ.”
The challenges are many– the personal and family needs of those around us are often daunting. The truth is that “Christ has no body now but yours,” as the hymn goes. And so we find ourselves in unexpected places, in conversation with dear friends as well as total strangers. Your words, my smile, her personal care, his willingness to “open a door”—love-filled actions like these make a wonderful difference in notable, often unheralded ways. We do in fact share our faith, hope and love as we look into the eyes and share the each other’s burdens. And so this weekend we “set the table,” one for the other.
Truly Christ has no body now but yours!
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
The Risen Christ is with us this day
And he continues to need each one of you.
Jesus needs your eyes to continue to see.
He needs your strength to continue to work.
He needs your voice to continue to preach.
He needs your hands to continue to bless.
He needs your heart to continue to love.
And Jesus needs your whole being to continue to build up his body, the Church.
As we believe, so let us live!
—Cardinal Joseph Bernardin