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TRADITIONAL FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI

Tobit, Chapter 12, Verse 16-17
16 Greatly shaken, the two of them fell prostrate in fear. 17 But Raphael said to them: “Do not fear; peace be with you! Bless God now and forever.

Yesterday through a horrible act of violence our congress fell prostrate in fear as a shooter was taking aim on them playing baseball in a Washington, D.C. park. Men when confronted with the terrible power of man and nature instinctively fall flat. Yet, imagine if you suddenly were confronted with the power of an angel of God. You like a soldier would seek the ground.

Tobit[1]
  1. After all the festivities, Tobit wanted to settle up with Azariah, which included paying him for his work during the journey.
  2. At this point, Azariah told them who he really was – an angel sent by God.  Both Tobit and Tobias were shocked and a bit fearful.  Yet, Azariah assured them of God’s providence and care for them.  His job was to bring the healing God had decreed.  Their job was to proclaim God’s great mercy.  They were supposed to write everything down that had happened.  Then Azariah simply disappeared.
Overcoming Fear[2]

David shows us how to overcome fear, whether it be the fear of death, the fear of speaking in public (which surveys show to be greater than the fear of death!), fear of losing your children, fear of the future, or whatever. He says:
To overcome fear, seek the Lord!

David knew what he was talking about! He had evildoers coming at him to devour his flesh (27:2). They were breathing out violence (27:12). Nothing would have made them happier than to see David’s head removed from his body. He had an entire army encamped against him. The soldiers had probably been told, “Whoever comes back with David’s head gets an instant promotion to general and a fat reward!” And yet David could say, “My heart will not fear; though war arise against me, in spite of this I am confident” (27:3)! The man knows his subject! He can teach us about overcoming fear. David isn’t dispensing a formula that’s easy or simple to apply. God isn’t a good-luck charm which you can pull out when you’re in a jam and rub the right way. David is talking about a total way of life that is focused on God and which clings to God with naked faith in desperately overwhelming situations where there is no other source of help.

May this Nation prostrate itself not before men or nature but seek the Lord as David did.

Psalm 27

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid? When evildoers come at me to devour my flesh, these my enemies and foes themselves stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart does not fear; though war be waged against me, even then do I trust.

One thing I ask of the LORD; this I seek: to dwell in the LORD’s house all the days of my life, to gaze on the LORD’s beauty, to visit his temple. For God will hide me in his shelter in time of trouble, He will conceal me in the cover of his tent; and set me high upon a rock. Even now my head is held high above my enemies on every side! I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and chant praise to the LORD.

Hear my voice, LORD, when I call; have mercy on me and answer me. “Come,” says my heart, “seek his face” your face, LORD, do I seek! Do not hide your face from me; do not repel your servant in anger. You are my salvation; do not cast me off; do not forsake me, God my savior! Even if my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will take me in.

LORD, show me your way; lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Do not abandon me to the desire of my foes; malicious and lying witnesses have risen against me. I believe I shall see the LORD’s goodness in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the LORD!

Thursday Traditional Corpus Christi

Today as Catholics we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi or the body of Christ. As Catholics the one thing that has always been consistent in the church is the taking of the body of our Lord.

While they were eating, he 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 from it. He said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many. (Mark 14:22-24)

My prayer is that the Lord our God will rescued the Christians in the Middle East so they might worship him in holiness and righteousness. Indeed this prayer is needed in our own country where our media and secular men and women have shown they are mongers of hate.

Corpus Christi[3]

At that time Jesus said to the multitudes of the Jews: My flesh is meat indeed and My blood is drink indeed; he that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, abideth in Me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father so he that eateth Me, the same also shall live by Me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna and are dead. He that eateth this bread shall live forever.

Why did Jesus say, this is the bread that came down from heaven? He wished thereby to teach the Jews that the bread which He would give them, like the manna, came down from heaven, and was, indeed, the only true bread from heaven. The manna was but a type, and could only prolong the life of the body. The type was now to be fulfilled; the bread that He was about to give them would impart to them eternal life, and this bread would be His flesh, Himself, Who truly came from heaven, to redeem mankind, and to bring them to life everlasting. Jesus calls His flesh bread, partly on account of its likeness to the manna, partly on account of its effect; for as bread nourishes the body, and sustains the earthly life, so the body of Christ, in the Holy Sacrament, nourishes the soul, and imparts to it, continually, a new, divine, and everlasting life.

What is the Holy Sacrament of the Altar? It is that sacrament in which, after the words of its institution have been spoken by the priest, Jesus Christ is present, whole and entire, in His Godhead and in His manhood, under the appearance of bread and wine.

When and how did Jesus institute this sacrament? At the Last Supper; In the night, before He was betrayed, He took bread, and, giving thanks, broke it, and gave it to His disciples saying, Take and eat, for this is My body which will be given for you. In the same manner, He took the chalice and said, Take and drink, for this chalice is the new covenant in My blood. Do this as often as you drink from it in commemoration of Me.

What did Jesus affect by these words? He changed bread and wine into His most precious body and blood.

Has He given to others the power to do the same? Yes; He gave this power to His apostles and their successors, the bishops and priests, in these words: Do this in commemoration of Me.

What takes place at the words of consecration? Bread and wine are changed into the body and blood of Jesus Christ, and only the outward appearances of bread and wine remain.

How is Jesus present in the Most Holy Sacrament? He is present, truly, really, and substantially, in His divinity and humanity, in flesh and blood, in body and soul, under the appearances of bread and wine.

Why do we believe this? 1. Because the words of Jesus do not reasonably admit of any other meaning: since by them we see (a) that Jesus gave His disciples a certain nourishment which they were to eat ; (b) that this nourishment was bread and wine to all appearances, but Jesus called the bread His body, which was afterwards to be sacrificed for us, and the wine His blood, which was to be shed for us: this food consequently was not bread and wine, but, under the appearance of bread and wine, was indeed His body and blood; since what He gave for our redemption was not bread and wine, but His true body and His true blood; (c) that as the body and blood of Jesus were inseparable from His soul and divinity, He gave Himself up for our nourishment, whole and undivided, as He hung, bled, and died upon the cross; (d) that He commanded what He had done to be continued until He should come again (1 Cor. xi. 26), that is, until the end of the world ; and that He, (e) on account of this being His testament, and the New Law, was not at liberty to speak figuratively, but plainly and distinctly. 2. Because the apostles preached this very doctrine. 3. Because the Catholic Church, the pillar and foundation of truth, has thus constantly taught, from the apostles times down to the present day, as the oldest Councils and the Holy Fathers unanimously testify.

Why is communion given only in one kind? 1. The Church gives Holy Communion only under one kind, to guard against abuses; as, for example, the spilling of the wine; 2. In opposition to those who hold that communion can only be received under both kinds, to hold fast the true doctrine, which is that Christ, whole and undivided, the entire sacrament, is received under one kind. The truth of this doctrine is plain from this, that where the living body of Christ is, there is the whole Christ; that Christ promises eternal life to him who eats this bread alone (John vi. 59); and finally, that there is no divine law which commands the receiving of this sacrament under both kinds.



Feast of Corpus Christi Facts & Quotes[4]


·         St. Juliana of Mount Cornillion (Belgian), a 12th-century nun, spearheaded the effort to include a feast day for the Blessed Sacrament.  She reportedly had a vision of the Church as a pure full moon with one dark spot, which she interpreted as the omission of a feast for the sacrament.  Pope Urban IV decreed the Feast of Corpus Christi in the mid-13th century.
·         In the Middle Ages, the priest was the only person who received the elements.  The congregation watched him eat the bread and drink the wine.
·         The Sacraments are Jesus Christ's presence in us.  So it is important for us to go to Confession and receive Holy Communion. - Pope Francis via twitter on Nov 23, 2013.
·         The Feast of Corpus Christi (body of Christ) is held on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday.  In the Western Christianity, it is primarily celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church.  Some churches have moved the service to the following Sunday.  The day celebrates the institution of the Blessed Sacrament, or Holy Communion.

Feast of Corpus Christi Top Events and Things to Do

·         If you're Christian, go to Mass and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of Corpus Christi.
·         Travel to the Vatican City and watch the annual procession of the Blessed Sacrament, headed by the Pope, through the streets of Rome.
·         A wide range of theologies exist about Holy Communion.  Read about how the elements of bread and wine are related to the body and blood of Christ depending on your denomination.
·         Teach your children about Holy Communion at home with grape juice and regular bread.  Some denominations allow children to take communion, but instead of saying, "This is my body broken for you," or "This is my blood shed for you," communion servers will say to a small child, "This means Jesus loves you."

Daily Devotions/Prayers

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood
·         Novena to the Sacred Heart






[1]http://www.biblewise.com/bible_study/characters/tobit-and-tobias.php
[3] Goffine’s Devout Instructions, 1896

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