In my absence, I have asked one of our lay presiders who leads the weekday Word and Communion Service to offer a reflection on the Sunday readings.
Definition of a sacrament: An outward sign to give grace. Today we celebrate the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus, Corpus Christi, a sacrament central to our faith and spiritual lives. We believe that the consecrated bread and wine is the Body and Blood of Christ, not separate, but one. Body/bread which nourishes us and the blood/wine which saves us – separate and yet the same. But are we aware that we have entered into a contract, most importantly a covenant, with God, in this sacrament? A covenant needs two parties: God and us. God leads, saves, gives life to us, as witnessed by the sprinkling of blood on the door posts that all within will live in the Hebrew Scriptures; while, Paul in his letters and Mark in the Gospel remind us that Jesus, is the Word of God, whose blood was shed as a sign of the Covenant of God with humankind.
Jesus 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 of it. He said to them, This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.
Today’s emphasis on the Body and Blood of Christ reminds us that we, too, have a role to play in the Covenant which was sealed with blood of the Lamb of God. What is our part in the covenant? What do we do in return? How do we use our body and blood to honor our part of the covenant? Perhaps, this is something we can pray over when we receive the Body and Blood of Christ?