Friday, 5 June 2015

7.6.15 The Perfect Sacrifice

Feast Of Corpus Christi  (Year B)

Welcome to a little liturgy!  It's a little brief this week and I should apologise for last week's lapse.  Hoping to be back on form in the coming weeks but for now I wish you all a happy and holy Corpus Christi.

First reading
Exodus 24:3-8
Moses writes down God's law and says to the people "We will observe all that the Lord has decreed; we will obey".  Moses then took some animal blood saying "This is the blood of the Covenant that the Lord has made with you" and he threw the blood towards the people.

Psalm 115
The cup of salvation I will raise;
I will call on the Lord's name.

Second Reading
Hebrews 9:11-15
St Paul tells us that Christ offered himself as the perfect sacrifice "to purify our inner self from dead actions so that we do our service to the living God".  Christ brings us a new covenant.

Mark 14:12-16, 22-26
Mark tells us the story of the Last Supper when the disciples celebrate the Passover with Christ.  The words said are those of the consecration at Mass.  Jesus tells us that he is making a covenant with us.


The readings today remind us of Christianity's roots in the Jewish Religion and the place of sacrifice and covenant.  The new covenant depends on Christ taking the place of the animal as a sacrifice and giving up his life so that we can gain eternal life.  We join with this sacrifice at Mass.  

Activity during homily

Draw two sequences of pictures to illustrate how bread and wine are made.  You may find it helpful to use the prompts below:

sowing seed
growing ears of wheat 
ripening grain

sewing seed
growing vine
producing grapes

Both of these natural products require significant human involvement to turn into the substances that we are familiar with.  Why do you think Jesus chose these particular items?

Other Activities and Resources

The links below might be of interest:

Winemaking in Biblical times

Making altar bread

Have a good week!


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