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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Today’s second reading is a reminder of why we come here each week. We come to take the bread and wine, in remembrance of the Lord Jesus and offer that sacrifice to God, who transforms these simple gifts into Christ’s body and blood. That body and blood become our most holy spiritual food. The energy we receive from this food is energy to be expended in building up God’s reign here on earth. If we do not expend this energy, we can become spiritually lethargic. Let today’s solemnity be a reminder to us that the food we eat in this sacred place is meant to energize us to continue the work of the Lord Jesus.
Name one way that you use the energy you receive in the Eucharist to build the reign of God.
OK, one way is to ask people to enter into a discussion of the following two questions:
1. Who is the Divine Lawgiver, the creator of all the laws of the cosmos, to include: divine law, moral law, human law, natural law and physical law?
2. Would that Divine Lawgiver be constrained in applying any other laws to His creative work? In other words, is there any reason why these laws must be considered indepentent of each other/mutually exclusive, non-binding in certain circumstances, inscrutable, etc?
Considering the fact that the Ten Commandments, the Mosaic Law of the Old Testament was fulfilled in the New and Everlasting Covenant, consummated in Christ's Paschal Mystery—the gift of life and love the Law of Love on Calvary—would it be wrong for there to be other law-to-law relationships that shed light on the transcendentals of the Divine Lawgiver.
Now why is it such a stretch for us to gaze at a physical law, the Law of Conservation of Mass and Energy…E=mc^2 (if it is demonstratibly true) and not see that it bears an uncanny likeness to the formula for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Eucharist/Emmanuel, spiritual energy (energeia) (see quote from above) = Mass (with the priesthood in persona Christi, where two or more are gathered and the bread and wine are offered) x (conversion constant, the Speed of Light ^2).
Before you site all your objections, consider this in Light of the possibilities...
If one pays close attention to the form of Eucharistic Prayer No. 3 what clearly comes to light is that the Holy Spirit is invoked two times (2x) in a multiplicative reality that brings supernatural life into being in the unity of Christ via the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood on the altar (Corpus Christi).
Take a moment now to reacquaint yourself with the Missal's words that bring into being the World’s Greatest Secret:
Father, you are holy indeed, and all creation rightly gives you praise. All life, all holiness comes from you through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, by the working of the Holy Spirit. From age to age you gather a people to yourself, so that from east to west a perfect offering may be made to the glory of your name:
(He joins his hands and holding them outstretched over the offerings, and says:
An acolyte may ring a bell at this time.)
And so, Father, we bring you these gifts. We ask you to make them holy by the power of your Spirit,
(He joins his hands and, making the sign of the cross once over both bread and chalice,
that they may become the Body + and Blood of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, at whose command we celebrate this Eucharist.
(He joins his hands.)
The day before he suffered
(He takes the bread and, raising it a little above the altar, continues:)
he took bread in his sacred hands
(He looks upward.)
and looking up to heaven, to you, his almighty Father, he gave you thanks and praise. He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:
(He bows slightly.)
Take this, all of you, and eat it:
this is my body which will be given up for you.
(An acolyte may ring a bell when the host is elevated.
If incense is used, an acolyte incenses the host when it is raised.)
(He shows the consecrated host to the people, places it on the paten,
and genuflects in adoration. Then he continues:)
When supper was ended,
(He takes the chalice, and raising it a little above the altar, continues:)
he took the cup. Again he gave you thanks and praise, gave the cup to his disciples, and said:
(He bows slightly.)
Take this all of you and drink from it:
this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven.
Do this in memory of me.
(An acolyte may ring a bell when the chalice is elevated.
If incense is used, an acolyte incenses the chalice when it is raised.)
(He shows the consecrated chalice to the people, places it on the corporal,
and genuflects in adoration. Then he sings or says:)
Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:
A. Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
B. Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory.
C. When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus,
until you come in glory.
D. Lord, by your cross and resurrection you have set us free. You are the Savior of the world.
(With hands extended, the priest says:)
Father, calling to mind the death your Son endured for our salvation, his glorious resurrection and ascension into heaven, and ready to greet him when he comes again, we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice.
Look with favor on your Church's offering, and see the Victim whose death has reconciled us to yourself. Grant that we, who are nourished by his body and blood, may be filled with his Holy Spirit, and become one body, one spirit in Christ.
May he make us an everlasting gift to you and enable us to share in the inheritance of your saints, with Mary, the virgin Mother of God; with the apostles, the martyrs, (Saint N. - the saint of the day or the patron saint) and all your saints, on whose constant intercession we rely for help.
Lord, may this sacrifice, which has made our peace with you, advance the peace and salvation of all the world. Strengthen in faith and love your pilgrim Church on earth; your servant, Pope N., our bishop N., and all the bishops, with the clergy and the entire people your Son has gained for you. Father, hear the prayers of the family you have gathered here before you. In mercy and love unite all your children wherever they may be.
Welcome into your kingdom our departed brothers and sisters, and all who have left this world in your friendship.
(He joins his hands.)
We hope to enjoy for ever the vision of your glory, through Christ our Lord, from whom all good things come.
(He takes the chalice and the paten with the host and, lifting them up, sings or says:)
Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever.
THE PEOPLE RESPOND:
Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary I am,
Mike Rizzio, SOLT
Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!
O Beata Trinitas; Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel and Saint Raphael