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Body and Blood of Christ

Exodus 24:3-8
Hebrews 9:11-15
Psalm 116
Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

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"This is My blood, the blood of the covenant, to be poured out on behalf of many." —Mark 14:24

When Moses read to the chosen people the words of the covenant with the Lord, the people responded "with one voice, 'We will do everything that the Lord has told us' " (Ex 24:3). The next day, they reiterated: "All that the Lord has said, we will heed and do" (Ex 24:7). They understood that doing was an essential part of the covenant. Jesus Himself at the Last Supper said: "Do this as a remembrance of Me" (Lk 22:19), when He said: "This cup is the new covenant in My blood" (Lk 22:20). Therefore, let us do the covenant by:

  • doing the Eucharist in memory of Him,
  • doing for the least of the brethren (Mt 25:40),
  • doing whatever He tells us (Jn 2:5), and
  • doing "everything that the Lord has told us" (Ex 24:3).

When we began the Easter season, the Lord through His Church called us to renew our baptismal covenant. The Church asked us: "Do you reject Satan, all His works, and all His empty promises?" and "Do you believe in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit?" We repeatedly answer these questions: "I do." Do the covenant. Do it in memory of Jesus.

Prayer:  Father, make me a missionary of the Eucharist so as to lead as many as possible to eucharistic love and worship.

Promise:  "...how much more will the blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself up unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship the living God!" —Heb 9:14

Praise:  Praise our eucharistic Lord! Praise His body and blood, soul and divinity!

Reference:  (To renew your baptismal covenant, use our tape series Baptismal Promises on audio AV 83-1, AV 83-3, AV 84-1, AV 84-3 or our video series starting with V-83.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, December 29, 2002

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 31, 2002