Corpus Christi Sunday [a] June 18, 2017

Engaging Faith | Mon, Jun 12, 2017

By John Bucki, S.J.
Source: Education for Justice

Corpus Christi Sunday [a]

June 18, 2017


Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a

1 Corinthians 10:16-17

John 6:51-58



June 18: Father’s Day in the US

June 19: International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 

June 19: Juneteenth

June 20: World Refugee Day

June 21: Start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere

June 24: Ramadan ends in the evening; Eid al-Fitr follows

June 26: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

June is Torture Awareness Month



Catholic social teaching is built on a commitment to the poor. This commitment arises from our experiences of Christ in the Eucharist.

-U.S. Bishops, Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions

The whole Church as such, is directly called to the service of charity: “In the very early days the Church added the agape to the Eucharistic Supper, and thus showed herself to be wholly united around Christ by the bond of charity. …. charity gives life and sustains the works of solidarity that look to the total needs of the human being.”

-John Paul II, Christifideles Laici

Among the mature members of the Community of Nations, however, a strong awareness is needed that considers food as a universal right of all human beings, without distinction or discrimination.

-Benedict XVI, Message for World Food Day 2007

… we are scandalized because we know that there is enough food for everyone and that hunger is the result of a poor distribution of goods and income. 

-Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 191

Let us pray that God grant us the grace of knowing a world where no one dies of hunger.

-Pope Francis @ Pontifex, December 19, 2013

We cannot sleep peacefully while babies are dying of hunger and the elderly are without medical assistance.

-Pope Francis @ Pontifex, August 17 , 2013

Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills.

-Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 53


Thoughts for Your Consideration

Each scripture today refers to a meal that is shared and to the effects of that meal.

The manna reminded the people of the Exodus that they were not alone on their journey. They needed God.  They needed the community.  They were on a journey of liberation that was bigger than their personal selves.

The Eucharist was to remind the Corinthians that they shared one bread and thus were one people. The meal called them to unity and solidarity. The meal called them to move beyond their divisions.

In the gospel, the dialogue with Jesus reminds all of us that we are nourished for the “life of the world.”  The Eucharist sends us forth for a mission of liberation and life in the world. Our Eucharist celebrates and challenges our sharing and our relationship with each other.

We can ask questions on the level of our sacramental celebration: 

Does our celebration of the Eucharist reflect the excitement and joy of being one in community?

Does our celebration reflect a spirit of deep “solidarity?”

Are we celebrating our solidarity as the living Mystical Body of Christ?  

Do we recognize Christ in the breaking of the bread?

Is everyone welcome?  Is there diversity in our community?

Does the Eucharist empower us for action – for life?

We can ask questions on the level of our life as a community:

How are we in solidarity with the poor in our city or town and in the world?

Do we offer direct service to those in need?

Does our solidarity move from the works of charity toward the works of justice?

Do we work for that “social change” that will heal the structures and systems that keep us apart – that prevent us from being one body?

How does our solidarity with God help us to bring an end to war and violence?

How are we the living Body of Christ in the world?

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