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The Good News for the day, June 3, 2018 The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (168) {in the Roman Catholic tradition] On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when people would sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ followers asked, "Where do you want us to go so we can prepare some place for you to eat the Passover?" He sent two of his disciples: "Go into the city and a man will meet you, carrying a jar with some water. Follow him. Wherever he enters, say to the head of the house, 'The Teacher asks, "Where is a guest room for me so I can eat the Passover with my follower-friends?"' Then the man will show you a large upper room furnished and ready. Make things ready for us there." His followers then went off, entered the city, and found it just as he had told them; they did make the Passover preparations. While they were at the meal, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, "Take it; this is my body." He then took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said, "This is my blood of the agreement, blood which is going to be shed for many. The Fact is—I won’t drink again the fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it fresh in the realm of what is right.” After singing a hymn, they then went out, over to the Mount of Olives. (Mark 14) Familiarity breeds contempt—is the old saying. The familiarity of this ritual in virtually all Christian faiths may cause us to dismiss it as something we know all about. Jesus uses an image to tell a profound and very complex truth about Himself—and you and me. Let us look at it fresh. Jesus takes some unleavened bread in his hands, expresses gratitude to our Father in a blessing of the bread and the moment—this recalling of the ancestors freed from Egypt. He breaks the unleavened bread. In a rare instance—he commands us, “Take it!” This fragmented bread is my “body.” Among many meanings down through the ages, he almost surely meant—these fragments are to enter you who are to be “my body” in your world (of 2018)—wounded, one substance, shared, handled and absorbed by diverse humans. This one cup is your blood and mine—the common shed stuff that marks life and marks the bond of life between Creator and creature, the life-blood—the life—you and I spend in self-sacrifice and mutual giving of life (Leviticus 17, 11—life is in the blood) Jesus says to you—to each follower—take me into yourself. Be my Body. Be my Blood. Be my Life in your world. Extend my broken body into your time and place. Be My Life!