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Liturgical day: Body and Blood of Christ (B)

Gospel text (Mk 14,12-16.22-26): Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. And he said, «Take this, it is my body». Then He took a cup and after he had given thanks, passed it to them (...). And he said, «This is my blood, the blood of the Covenant, which is to be poured out for many». On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the day when the Passover Lamb was killed, the disciples asked to Jesus, «Where would you have us go to prepare the Passover meal for you?». So Jesus sent two of his disciples with these instructions, «Go into the city and there a man will come to you carrying a jar of water. Follow him to the house he enters and say to the owner, ‘The Master says: Where is the room where I may eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ Then he will show you a large room upstairs, already arranged and furnished. There you will prepare for us». The disciples went off. When they reached the city, they found everything just as Jesus had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. And he said, «Take this, it is my body». Then He took a cup and after he had given thanks, passed it to them and they all drank from it. And he said, «This is my blood, the blood of the Covenant, which is to be poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not taste the fruit of the vine again until the day I drink the new wine in the kingdom of God».

After singing psalms of praise, they went out to the Hill of Olives.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we are witnessing a divine feat: only Him has enough imagination and power to carry it out. This is amazing! God loves us so much that he had not enough with the sacrifice of his Son on the Cross: he wanted to give us this sacrifice; we can eat the sacrificed Body of the Lord!

- It isn’t easy: for this to be possible Jesus has humiliated himself more than he did in the Cross hiding in the fragile consecrated Bread, in order to be divided and distributed... without limits!