Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Exodus 24: 3-8 Hebrews 9: 11-15 Mark 14:12-16.22-26

Theme: The Power in the Eucharist

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the body and blood of Christ. This feast started in France in the mid thirteenth century and was extended to the whole church by Pope Urban 1V in 1264. Today’s solemnity emphasizes the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. As we celebrate the Body and Blood of Christ, it calls to mind the Sacrament of Love and God’s presence among his people. Today in the Gospel we see how Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, and he gave us a mandate to continue to celebrate it in his memory. In the first and second readings, we see God entering a covenant with his people. However, one important question that emanates from the Old Covenant is, did the Israelites remain faithful to the Covenant they entered with God? The answer is no, they were not faithful to that Covenant even though God was always faithful. Now, when we look at the second reading, we also see another Covenant known as the new Covenant. Jesus enters a Covenant with his own Blood by going to the Cross, by bringing us life, life in abundance. This is the concrete form of the Holy Eucharist.


The sacrifice of the Eucharist is the real presence of Christ. It is not just a symbol; it is a reality. For those of us who believe, what does the Eucharist mean to you as a person? In the Eucharist, do you meet God? In the Eucharist do you experience his love? When we go to God worthily in the Eucharist, we will experience his love, peace and blessings. We are encouraged to partake of the Eucharist worthily, not because all those around us are going for it. The more we receive him worthily, the more united we will be with him and experience his love and blessings. That is why as we celebrate the Body and Blood of Christ today, it invites us to make honest effort to make the Eucharist part of our lives. There are some very important questions that we need to answer today as individuals. Do you truly believe in the Eucharist? Do you really believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist? Do you believe in the power in the Eucharist? Do I make a sincere and honest effort at all times to endeavour to be true partakers in this wonderful mystery that God has presented to us through his Son Jesus Christ?


Dear brothers and sisters, as we celebrate the Body and Blood of Christ let us make firm resolve to live as true Christians. We must not be like the Israelites who entered a covenant with God and never kept it. We must strive to always keep our covenant with God. For as many of us who have entered a covenant with him and have broken it, let us decide to retrace our steps and go back to him, to reestablish that covenant with him, to make firm resolve and to do all within our power to keep our own side of the bargain. If we keep our side of the bargain, we can be rest assured that everything will work well for good because God is faithful to His covenant. He is ever faithful to his covenant and as such he keeps his covenant. If we want to begin to experience the love that emanates from the Eucharist, then we must be willing to keep our side of the bargain. We must be willing to make sincere and honest effort to appreciate this wonderful sacrifice that God has given us in the Eucharist. We pray that as we celebrate the Body and Blood of Christ God will grant us the grace to be true followers of Christ, in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit, Amen. Peace be with you.




Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp