Mk 14:12-16, 22-26
With the Grace of God
On Sunday the 18th we celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. As I thought about this holy feast which celebrates one of our most called upon Sacraments, the Liturgy of the Eucharist, I found myself quiet. How do I as a pilgrim find words and ways to hold today’s readings? As I thought my mind drifted to the recent attendance of my nephew’s wedding I saw the connection.
The couple through the Sacrament of Marriage pledged to live their lives in union with each other. They used familiar words like, “I Chris pledge to you Missy to love you all the days of my life…” and so forth. In some ways it is very similar to Jesus saying, “Take this…this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood the new and everlasting covenant,…”
In both stories a deep commitment has been made to share life in all circumstances. Jesus tells us in the gospels through his words and actions, that the place to share this sacred meal is everywhere; at the seashore, on the mountainside, with two or three friends gathered together.
Chris and Missy promised to each other to share their life stories in all of life’s circumstances, with the grace of God. So, it is my hope this coming week, to look for opportunities in my daily life where I will be asked to share my life with others from a point of communion as a sister to them on the journey.
Sometimes I am frightened by the people God puts in my life, I am not always drawn to them. It may be the tattoos on their bodies, the language they use, the clothes they wear, or the political views that they hold. So this week, I will seek to connect to this solemnity by drawing on Chris and Missys’ commitment to love each other, (Love them as I have loved You) with the Grace of God.