Missionary Weekly Reflection
Corpus Christi Sunday, 23 June 2019
SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
Gen. 14:18-20; Psalm 110:1,2,3,4; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Luk. 9:11b-17
According to Council of Chalcedon (451), Jesus Christ is real God, real human. Therefore it’s right that today we are celebrating the “Body” and “Blood” of Jesus Christ in Its truly real meaning, in the light of faith to Jesus, the Son of God, from the Old Testament to the New Testament. We are celebrating Jesus Christ, who, for us, fills the human being, humanly and Divinely.
The “humanly” was seen from the Tradition of Israel since the Father of Nation upheld by Israel, by summarizing Israel culture from Abraham’s great ancestor, even in the unity with the High Priest Melchizedekh. We can see from here that from the beginning the relationship between the Nation Fathers and Divinely Father has been believed, along with the Universal Tradition represented by the Highly Priest Melchizedekh (Gen. 14:18-20). He is referred to as a person who is very close to God and Abraham – the human being. The main invitation is to put the whole bread and wine together to the direction of serving God, not just as worldly food and drink, but a heavenly meal in worldly look.
The atmosphere of Psalm 110:1-4 (Interpretation) wants to raise Noble Tradition (Sion) beyond ritual limitation, because all are directed to the glorification of God. The overall coverage is not only a cult but a Divinely salvation. Here we remember Pope Francis’ invitation not to make Eucharistic Celebration confined in Human Rules Box, but to truly make it become a Prayer Sacrament.
To integrate all of them, Paul is presented to invite us to get into Apostolic Tradition (1 Cor 11:23-26): Paul reminds us of the inheritance of faith for Bread and Wine which becomes the Body and Blood of God. With the Nation Apostles we go deeply into the faith of Christ, which in Ecclesiastical Sacrament makes the bread and wine as the Body and Blood of God.
Luk. 9:11b-17 brings us into God’s Miracle Action: About the multiplicity of bread provided by the Lord Jesus so that all people are completely filled. On one side, here the Teacher refers to material and social encounters in terms of “Together eating bread and drinking wine”; on the other side we are truly blessed with “the Body and Blood of God”, all for the sake of human salvation. Therefore, here we come to the Peak of the Sacraments, “Sign and Facility of the Unity of God and humans and therefore also unite human beings deeply”.
“Adoro Te, devote, Latens Deitas = I worship You with full devotion, Hidden Divinity”.
(RP. B.S. Mardiatmadja, SJ – Lecturer at STF Driyarkara)
DAILY DEDICATED PRAYER
Lord, our Father, I present my today prayer, thought, word, work, joy and sorrow in the unity with Your Son, Jesus Christ, who always presents Himself in the Eucharist for the world salvation. Hope the Holy Spirit, as the soul of Jesus, also leads me and gives me the strength today so that I am ready to be the witness of Your love.
Together with St. Mary, Mother of Jesus and the Church, I specially present my prayer to our Pope and Indonesian Church prayer apostles of this month:
For Evangelization intention:
Living model of the priests: From their simple and humble living testimony, hope the priests can actively involve themselves in solidarity action to those sufferers and poor. We pray….
For Indonesian Church intention:
Youth’s confusion: Hope the church is willing to provide the facility and activity where the youth can involve themselves in the work and action useful for the people to manage their confusion threatening them. We pray….
Hope the people in our Diocese stand beside the youth spirit with full wisdom, so that the youth can sort out and select the study, job and activity meaningful and useful for themselves, family, church and society. We pray….