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02 June 2013: Body And Blood Of Christ Sunday

One of the things we see in the Bible is just how God takes something small and turns it into something extraordinary.  A manger becomes the birth place of God.  Grains of wheat become the signs of the kingdom.  Water becomes wine.  In today’s Gospel Jesus takes an ordinary picnic lunch and turns it into a meal for thousands.

Amazingly, the miracle does not end there.  In the Eucharist it’s not only the bread and wine that become the Body and Blood of Christ; so do you and I.  Our participation in the Eucharist transforms each one of us into the Body of Christ, alive in our world today.

How do we go out and carry the pain of the messiness in the Australian Church without becoming disillusioned and embittered ourselves?  Let us listen to the words of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

"At this time in our history, how many people are filled with hatred!  How many people are the cause of calumny!  How many times have we ourselves sinned!  Yes, we are all sinners.  Look!  My face, the face of every one of us, the face of our persecutors, the faces of those who slander us, are passing before the divine face of Christ who is in agony, who dies, and who speaks to us.  Here, my blood awaits you; it is shed for the forgiveness of all those sins.  As we receive the sacred host, we receive all of Jesus’ suffering, all his love for sinners all his feelings which are quite distinct from those who have offended him.  Father, forgive them for they know not what they do, and the Father looks at the anxiety of his Son in his agony, the deprivation of all sinners, those who trampled on his hosts, who communicate sacrilegiously, all of us who offend the Lord.  We all feel sinners this afternoon and confess to the Lord, calling on the power of the Eucharist.  Lord we are now going to honour you in a beautiful procession of service as we end the Mass." (12 June 1997)

Remember, we are not the only pebble on the beach.