Gospel Mark 14:12-16, 22-26
This Solemnity is very well known also as Corpus Christi. Different countries worldwide have huge processions carrying the Holy Sacrament. There is a very famous beautiful painting of the Last Supper done by Leonardo Da Vinci that took twenty years to restore. Everyone there was impressed with the dynamics, colours and movements. The painter wanted, like St Mark, to show us the essence of the sacrifice, the new Lamb of God. We also need to do the same in the way we relate to the Holy Eucharist because we need to go to the essential, the real meaning. Our community needs that sacredness, the deep devotion, the preparation before the Passover Feast.
Today’s Gospel is very unusual because there is a man carrying a jug of water, a duty that is usually a woman’s. The first fathers of the Church linked this image to baptism. That means the Eucharist goes together with Baptism. One cannot receive the Eucharist without first receiving Baptism. Mark the catechist is leading us – first we need to be conscious and receive Baptism then to receive the Body and Blood of Christ. In this way also we become the Body of Christ. Once you are baptised you become part of the mystical Body of Christ.
I invite you to notice during the consecration, the Epiclesis prayer where the Priest invokes Holy Spirit on the bread and wine to be transformed, and then on you, the assembly. This Body and Blood is to reach the community and become one. This is so amazing, so beautiful. Each time you come to the Eucharist, you become one body, united with the Body and Blood of Christ. This is the occasion to celebrate this Great Feast where we become one in Christ. We are there in the Trinity.
This Feast requires preparation. Not just going to Mass because it’s Sunday or Saturday. Prepare yourself, have something to offer, worship God the living bread. The living presence of God is in you and sometimes we don’t give value to this. The upper room is our soul, our Church and one we enter through the presence of the Eucharist in which Jesus Christ is the new Lamb.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.