This Sunday is Corpus Christi. We read in the Gospel of Luke “Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured…We are told…Now the men numbered about five thousand.” In this huge crowds we can see many if not thousands of people being cured. Healing are signs that the kingdom of God is here. Healing proclaim the kingdom of God.
We read in the Gospel “As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached him and said, ‘Dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find longing and provisions, for we are in a deserted place here.’
Once when I was thinking of this scripture and how Jesus fed them in a deserted place. I smelled heavenly Roast Beef. Everyone in the Rectory smelled it. It was heavenly. We all made our way to the kitchen looking for the source of the smell. There was no Roast Beef. I believe we smelled the Heavenly Banquet. Also about 2 years ago at St Timothy. I was having a meeting with a group of people and we all smelled Heavenly Pot Roast. We tried to find the origin of the smell of the Heavenly Pat Roast but again no Pot Roast. Again I believe I smelled the heavenly banquet. One of my favorite saint Miriam the Little Arab had a similar experience. Mary fed her soup from the Heavenly Banquet. For the rest of her life Miriam longed for a another spoon full of the soup from the Heavenly Banquet. Miriam would say again and again, ‘If I could just have another taste of that soup.’
In the Preface at Mass the priest will pray these words “And so, we approach the table of this wondrous Sacrament, so that bathed in the sweetness of your grace, we may pass over to the heavenly realities here foreshadowed.”
The catechism tells us “By celebrating the Last Supper with the apostles in the course of the Passover meal, Jesus gave the Jewish Passover its definitive meaning. Jesus’ passing over to the father by his death and Resurrection, the new Passover, is anticipated in the Supper and celebrated in the Eucharist, which fulfills the Jewish Passover and anticipates the final Passover of the Church in the Glory of the kingdom.” (1340)
St John Chrysostom in his Divine Liturgy tells the faithful to pray..
“O Son of God, bring me into communion today with your mystical supper. I shall not tell your enemies the secret, nor kiss you with Judas’ kiss. But like the good thief I cry, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.'”
Ask Mary to bath you in the sweetness of the Holy Spirit
Ask Mary to give you a taste of the Heavenly Banquet