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Corpus Cristi – June 1

june 1

“Finest bread I will provide
Till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send?
Here I am, Lord,
Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night,
I will go, Lord,
If you lead me,
I will hold your people in my heart.”
Hymn by Daniel L. Schutte

At each celebration of the Eucharist, as we come to the altar, as we take the bread, blessed and broken, and say ‘amen’ to what is offered to us, the ‘body of Christ’, we are entering into more than intimacy with Christ, more than a communion in love, although it is this, and most beautifully and profoundly so.  It is there that we are fed, nourished with the finest bread possible, but it is also there that we are asked to become that bread ourselves.  When the bread is offered and placed on the altar, that bread symbolises us too. We bring ourselves.  And we place ourselves on the altar.  When the priest calls upon the Spirit of God to come upon this bread it is we who are to be transformed too. The bread that is placed on the altar is made of wheat, grains of wheat, pounded, ground, crushed.  That bread is then blessed, broken and shared out.  And in that breaking and sharing, it becomes life for us, life for all who eat it.  In the same way we, as we offer ourselves and place our lives on the altar, are to be broken, become the bread which is to be shared out to bring life to the world.  This is what is asked of us today.