Soul Food for Young Adult Communities: June 2nd, 2013: ‘Corpus Christi’


Readings for this Sunday: First Letter to Corinthians, Chapter 11, verses 23-26, and Gospel of Luke, Chapter 9, verses 11-17. Click here for Mass Readings.


Dear Sinead, Mark and Friends,

First, greetings and thanks to all the Transition Year Students from St. Gerard’s in Bray, who graced us here in Esker for three days during this past week. You were a joy to be with, lads and girls! Thanks for coming. Best of wishes for the summer and beyond.

Passing on what has been given to us...

Ever play ‘Pass the Parcel’? You try to receive it first, and then pass it along without dropping it. Well, that’s a bit like what Paul, the Apostle, is doing today, when he talks to us (to the Christians of Corinth, then, but to us, now!). He talks about the ‘tradition’ he had received, – and the word ‘tradition’ comes from the Latin for passing along what you have received.

In a famous passage about Eucharist, he

'Take and eat...'

tells us this: ‘This is what I have received from the Lord and in turn passed on to you, that on the same night that he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, thanked God for it, broke it and he said ‘This is my body which is for you; do this as a memorial of me’. “

Here is Paul, the Apostle, carefully ‘passing the parcel’, without dropping any of it. And it has been passed on to us in our generation, in whatever country of the world we find ourselves in,- Australia, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Fiji, anywhere. We in our generation are asked by the Lord Jesus to

Every time we eat...we proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.'

do this in memorial of me’,- to take the blessed bread, to break it, to share it, and to eat of it together, remembering what Paul also passed on to us that ‘every time you eat the bread…you are proclaiming’ the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus for us.

And that’s why we have this special Feast this weekend,- the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ’, – because this ‘parcel’ passed on to us contains a wonderful gift,- the body and blood, the real presence, of the Lord Jesus among us and in us. And the Greek for a ‘wonderful gift’ is Eu-Charis! And in Greek today, ‘Thank you’ is Ev-Charistó, or Eu-Charistó! It reminds us of our Thank You in the Irish language,- a thousand thanks, or míle buíochais, or go raibh míle maith agat!

At our Eucharist, or our Mass, we sing a thousand thanks! We make a song and dance about the death of the Lord for the world, (including each one of us, personally), and our quietest Mass, he offers himself to us...

about the fact that he is truly alive and present in our midst ‘when you gather in my name’. It is He who gathers us around him, to remember his life, his death and his aliveness with us. Whenever we eat…we proclaim!

Let your feet be dancing with joy in God your Saviour!

Even at the quietest Mass, we truly celebrate and receive the body and blood of the Risen Lord,- we receive the Lord himself into our community, our relationships, our persons. WOW! That’s our Feast, today.

Talk with one friend or more about this. Wrestle with it. And celebrate it, by going together to a Mass somewhere that speaks to your hearts. Enjoy!

Fr. Seamus.  

Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R.


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