Feast of Corpus Christi

Readings for June 22, 2014 — The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14B-16A; Psalm 147:12-13,14-15,19-20; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; John 6:51-58

Suggested Reflection Questions:

  • In the first reading from Deuteronomy, Moses recounts to the people all that God has done for them. He did this so that they might understand the importance of putting their trust in God and help to serve Him. Think of how God has personally helped you during difficult times in your life. When has he been there for you when no one else could be?

  • In the second reading from St. Paul to the Corinthians, Paul tells us how we participate in the body and blood of Christ through Communion. Think back to your First Holy Communion. How has your faith changed since that day? What does receiving the body and blood of Christ mean to you? Pay special attention to your participation in this sacrament next time you receive Communion and how it makes you feel.

  • The Gospel reading from John Jesus tells us that those who receive His body and blood are given eternal life. We all eat to survive, but there is a difference between eating to survive and eating to enjoy the meal. We often take careful consideration into how we select, cook, prepare, and eat certain foods so we can be physically healthy. We should also stay spiritually healthy by participating in the body and blood of Jesus Christ. What does this Gospel reading mean to you? What steps can you take to be both physically and spiritually healthy?