Sunday 18 June 2017
Body and Blood of Christ. Week II Psalter
Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16. Psalms 147:12-15, 19-20. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17. John 6:51-58.
Praise the Lord, Jerusalem — Psalms 147:12-15, 19-20.
Is the exaltation of the self in conflict with the exaltation of God?
Once, Thomas Merton was talking to the novices on how the self and God are in relationship. A brother remarked, ‘We came here to lose ourselves.’ Merton replied, ‘First we must have a self to lose.’
Today’s readings are firm as to whom the benefits of a blessed life are to be attributed—to God alone. Indeed, St Paul remarks on the need to identify who is set before us, and our response to him. But for Jesus, speaking to us as the life giver, the invitation is personal and has little criteria apart from faith and acceptance. How does this relate to us in our current way of life? What of ourselves do we bring to the table? How will we look when we are in Christ?