June 11, 2023

The feast today highlights the central place of the Eucharist in Christian life, our faith that God becomes present in a real way in ordinary bread and wine – food for the journey of life in the bread, energy and joy for the journey of life in the wine, and the wine of the coming of the Lord.
Bread and wine were very much part of the ordinary food of the people of his time, and also of their religious life.
People would remember the bread in the desert and the wine of the coming of the Lord.

Each time we come to Mass, we take part in a real way in the death and resurrection of the Lord. The sacrifice of Christ on the cross and his resurrection is ‘made present’ among us. It is a place and time of grace.

So our Eucharist today is not just to commemorate something that happened many years ago. It is our commitment to Christ in his people, and our faith in his real presence among us in the Eucharist and in each other.

Jesus ask us to share the bread and cup, to proclaim this ‘mystery of faith’ for all time. We proclaim today that the Jesus of the tabernacle is the Jesus within all of us. Let’s be amazed that within each of us, God dwells in Jesus Christ.


Recall moments when receiving communion
gave you strength in your life
‘Lord, I believe in your presence in the Eucharist.
Strengthen my belief.

Donal Neary SJ