(1) The human body which the Son of God assumed through his conception in the womb of Mary and which is now glorified in heaven (467, 476, 645).

(2) This same Body and Blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ are sacramentally present in the Eucharist under the appearances of bread and wine (1374).

(3) The Church is called the (mystical) Body of Christ because of the intimate communion which Jesus shares with his disciples; the metaphor of a body, whose head is Christ and whose members are the faithful, provides an image which keeps in focus both the unity and the diversity of the Church (787, 790, 1396).

Mediation on the Body of Christ.

Jesus said of the bread, “This is my body given for you.” The bread is all about sacrifice, and sacrifice is about life given to pay for sins. When we eat the bread, we incorporate Jesus’ sacrifice into our bodies. This means, I believe, that we commit to live–and to die–as Jesus lived and died–for other people.

The word “communion” means “sharing,” and as we take the bread, we commit to share with Jesus a life given for others.

[Our Father in Heaven, as we take this bread, help us to recall the awful price that was paid so we could share in this meal, and Father, please bring to our recollection the full meaning of this ceremony. Help us to truly recommit to live — and to die — as Jesus did.]

This cup symbolizes the blood of Jesus. The scriptures say the “life is in the blood.” As we take this, we participate in the life of Jesus, a life dedicated to serving all whom he came in contact with, a life committed to God’s mission on earth.

But the wonder … the mystery of the communion is not the ritual; rather, it’s what the ritual means. Each week we are to — thoughtfully, prayerfully — be present with God and re-affirm our repentance and our commitment to be a part of Jesus’ body on earth — and so share in the work of Jesus.

[Father, keep us ever mindful that we have been saved to participate in your Son’s work on the earth, to be his hands, his feet … his body that brings healing, truth, and salvation to a dark, lost world.]

 

Daily Meditation by(c) 2013 Don Schwager
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