SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST. Reflection of the Word of God.
In the first reading, taken from the book of Exodus, God chooses a people for himself and shares their destiny, promises to accompany and lead them to freedom. He binds them to himself with ties like blood, eating and drinking with them. On the altar built by Moses, an alliance is established between God and his people.
That ancient alliance between God and his people is renewed with us in the person of Jesus, when he shares his Body and Blood in each Eucharistic celebration. We call this sacrament "Mass" or "Eucharist." But the early Christians called it "the Lord's supper" or even "the Lord's table." For them the Eucharist is not only a ritual, but a banquet that calls us to share as a community of believers, as children of God.
Every Sunday we also gather around the Lord's table, to listen to his Word, to feed on his Body and his Blood under the consecrated forms of Bread and Wine. Celebrating the Eucharist is strengthening the bond that unites us with each other and with Jesus.