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Sunday, June 6, 2021

The Blood Of The New Covenant - Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection: 6 June 2021

Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection: 6 June 2021 - The Blood Of The New Covenant

Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection: 6 June 2021 - The Blood Of The New Covenant



Mass Readings, Reflection - Homily for Sunday June 6, 2021

THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST (Solemnity)
Vestment: White
Today’s Rosary: The Glorious Mysteries

No procession with the Blessed Sacrament today. The procession is moved to last Sunday of the year.

Theme of the Feast: THE BLOOD OF THE NEW COVENANT. The three readings of today present the Eucharist as the sacrifice of the New Covenant. The first describes a ceremony in the Old Covenant. To understand what happened at the foot of Mount Sinai is indispensable for an understanding of the full meaning of the Eucharist. The gospel presents Christ giving his life as the sacrifice of the New Covenant. It is through his blood that the new covenant between God and humanity is enacted. The second reading shows the superiority of the New Covenant over the old.



Entrance Antiphon
He fed them with the finest wheat, and satisfied them with honey from the rock.


The Gloria
When indicated this hymn is either sung or said

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.



Collect
O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption. Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.



FIRST READING

“Behold the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you.”
A reading from the Book of Exodus (Exodus 24:3-8)

In those days: Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice, and said, “All the words which the Lord has spoken we will do.” And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord. And he rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the Lord. And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. Then he took the book of the covenant, and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” And Moses took the blood and threw it upon the people, and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

The word of the Lord.



RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 116:12-13.15 and 16bc.17-18 (R. 13)

R/. The cup of salvation I will raise,
I will call on the name of the Lord.
Or: Alleluia.

How can I repay the Lord
for all his goodness to me?
The cup of salvation I will raise;
I will call on the name of the Lord. R.

How precious in the eyes of the Lord
is the death of his faithful.
Your servant am I, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosened my bonds. R.

A thanksgiving sacrifice I make;
I will call on the name of the Lord.
My vows to the Lord I will fulfil
before all his people. R.



SECOND READING

The blood of Christ will purify our conscience.
A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews (Hebrews 9:11-15)

Brethren: When Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred which redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant.

The word of the Lord.




The following sequence, Lauda Sion, is optional before the Alleluia verse. The sequence may be used either in its entirety or in the shorter form, beginning with the words *Behold the bread.

Sequence: Lauda Sion


Zion, praise your Saviour.
Praise your leader and shepherd in hymns and canticles.
Praise him as much as you can, for he is beyond all praising
and you will never be able to praise him as he merits.

But today a theme worthy of particular praise
is put before us — the living and life- giving bread
that, without any doubt,
was given to the Twelve at table during the holy supper.

Therefore let our praise be full and resounding
and our soul’s rejoicing full of delight and beauty,
for this is the festival day
to commemorate the first institution of this table.

At this table of the new King,
the new law’s new Pasch puts an end to the old Pasch.
The new displaces the old, reality the shadow and light the darkness.
Christ wanted what he did at the supper
to be repeated in his memory.

And so we, in accordance with his holy directions
consecrate bread and wine to be salvation’s Victim.
Christ’s followers know by faith that bread is changed into his flesh and wine into his blood.

Man cannot understand this, cannot perceive it;
but a lively faith affirms that the change,
which is outside the natural course of things, takes place.

Under the different species,
which are now signs only and not their own reality,
there lie hid wonderful realities. His body is our food, his blood our drink

And yet Christ remains entire under each species.
The communicant receives the complete Christ —
uncut, unbroken and undivided.

Whether one receive or a thousand,
the one receives as much as the thousand.

Nor is Christ diminished by being received.
The good and the wicked alike receive him,
but with the unlike destiny of life or death.
To the wicked it is death, but life to the good.

See how different is the result,
though each receives the same.

Last of all, if the sacrament is broken, have no doubt.
Remember there is as much in a fragment
as in an unbroken host.

There is no division of the reality, but only a breaking of the sign;
nor does the breaking diminish the condition or size
of the One hidden under the sign.

* Behold, the bread of angels is become the pilgrim’s food;
truly it is bread for the sons, and is not to be cast to dogs.

It was prefigured in type
when Isaac was brought as an offering, when a lamb was appointed for the Pasch
and when manna was given to the Jews of old.

Jesus, good shepherd and true bread, have mercy on us; feed us and guard us.
Grant that we find happiness in the land of the living.

You know all things, can do all things, and feed us here on earth.
Make us your guests in heaven,
co-heirs with you and companions of heaven’s citizens.
Amen. Alleluia



ALLELUIA John 6:51

Alleluia. I am the living bread which came down from heaven, says the Lord; if any one eats this bread he will live for ever.
Alleluia.



GOSPEL

“This is my body. This is my blood.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (Mark 14:12-16.22-26)

On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to Jesus, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” And he sent two of his disciples, and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the householder, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I am to eat the Passover with my disciples?’ And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” And the disciples set out and went to the city, and found it as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover. And as they were eating, he took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a chalice, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I shall not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

The Gospel of the Lord.



The Creed (I Believe)

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.







PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

This is my body. This is my blood.

PRIEST: My brothers and sisters, as a people made new through the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, we pray to God our Father that he will grant our petitions which we make in the name of his Son.


READER:
FOR THE WORSHIPPING COMMUNITY OF THE CHURCH, (pause), may she continue, throughout the world, to offer the sacrifice of the Mass, by which Jesus Christ re-presents himself to the Father, as the perfect atonement for the sins of the world. (Pause), Father, hear us, in Christ; the fulfillment of promise we pray Oh Lord.


FOR THE LEADERS OF OUR COUNTRY, (Pause), may they appreciate the debt they owe to the Christian heritage of our land, which has been bequeathed them by the Christians who have gone before us. (Pause), Father, hear us, in Christ; the fulfillment of promise we pray Oh Lord.


FOR THOSE WHOSE SUFFERINGS IN CHRIST SEEM IN VAIN, (pause), may they be helped in mind and heart by uniting their sufferings with their redeeming Lord, and by trusting themselves and their lives to the hands of God, their loving Father. (Pause), Father, hear us, in Christ; the fulfillment of promise we pray Oh Lord.


FOR A GREATER APPRECIATION OF THE MASS, (Pause), may we, in loving obedience to our Lord, continue to do what he commands, who gave his life that we might live. (Pause), Father, hear us, in Christ; the fulfillment of promise we pray Oh Lord.


We pray in silence for our own petitions to God our Father who loves us.



PRIEST: Father, we make our prayer with confidence, knowing that you are forever faithful to your promises. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Today’s Reflection

Today we remember with gratitude and celebrate Jesus’ gift of his Body and Blood to us. To give one’s own body is to give one’s time. To give one’s own blood is to give one’s very life. We might give our body but, when we give our life as well, the gift becomes truly personal. Jesus gives his body and pours out his life for love of us, to transform the world into a new creation. As we receive his body and blood in communion, let us be filled with gratitude for this amazing gifts of Jesus, who wants not only to be close to us but to fill our hearts and dwell within the temple of our body, bringing with him his father and the spirit who unites them in love. In imitation, we must pour out ourselves in love for others and transform the world into a community of loving and self-sacrificing persons.




Personal Devotional

"I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me" Philippians 4:13

- I adore you Lord and I worship you. I give you praise for it is your desire that I should not perish.

- Be merciful to me O Lord, for the number of times I have not operated in your standards.

- O Lord, help me to accept decisions in favour of your standard.

- Lord, do not make me use my position to work against your standards.



Let Us Pray

I come before thy throne of grace, seeking your divine guidance and direction concerning my life this day. Give me the courage to trust you and to follow the path of faith and righteousness as you take the lead as my shepherd. Lord Jesus my shepherd, as I walk in this journey of life, be my rock and fortress, show me favour and guide me in my entire affairs, even in the midst of storm let your hand hold me firm to yourself, preserve me in my going out and my coming in, O Angels and Saints of God grant me your fraternal assistance that I may persevere in following the footsteps of Jesus our Lord and Shepherd both now and forever in Jesus name I pray – Amen


Memory verse: 2 Chronicles 7:14










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