Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Lectio Divina 6/6/21 RSS

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“This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.”

Blood runs thicker than water, they say. Have you ever thought of the connection that expression has to baptism and Communion? St. John the Baptist said ‘I baptize you with water ... but the one who comes after me will baptize you with the Holy Spirit’. (Matthew 3:11). The Holy Spirit is the Giver of Life, and Christ gives us life by shedding his blood for us. Christ is making a new covenant with us, not just with water to wash away original sin but with blood to wash away all our sins. Once we are cleansed by Jesus’ blood we can enter into the kingdom of God.

 I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

This is a very cryptic statement. What does Christ mean by it? One thing is clear. He is talking about a new beginning. He is giving the disciples and all who believe in him words of hope, something to look forward to, something to live for. But what that something is exactly is still hidden from us. He is making a promise. Will we trust him to keep it?

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