2.Hebrews 9:11-15
Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

The table of fellowship
In most of African traditions and cultures, when it is the time for meals people who share the same meal feel the sense of togetherness, in fact, this goes beyond eating, sharing meal makes bond between people; it makes people to share their ideas, interests and concerns be in their daily lives or in their families. Sharing meals and eating together is symbolic act of communion and love between people.
Today we celebrate the solemnity of the most Holy body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus shared table many times with his disciples. In this context it is likely that when he shared food with them, as we have just seen above in the African context, Jesus not only shared food alone with his disciples, but also he shared with them his vision of God’s kingdom the disciples imbibed ( took knowledge) something of Jesus’mind, heart, and spirit. Of all the meals Jesus shared with his disciples, was the meal he shared before his passion, the last supper.  The last meal Jesus shared with his disciples captured memory of his disciples down the centuries up to our times. Jesus, personally when he shared with his disciples his bread and wine, this was an invitation to the disciples to be strong in their mission they were about to be entrusted, and to stand firm with him, to give themselves to him as he was giving himself to them.

It is because of the last supper , and what went on there that we are here continuing to celebrate the same act and the same presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in our daily Eucharistic celebration. Jesus even today continues to give himself as food and drink to his followers. Jesus in sharing his body and blood, he reminds each one of us to live his ideals( values), walking on his ways, the cross. Jesus in commanding his disciples to eat his flesh and drink his blood, he invites us to take his life to the core of our being( Jn 6:53). To our celebration of Lord’s last supper is an anticipation of eschatological banquet when the Lord will feast with all of his disciples in heaven.
The celebration of the most holy body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ reminds us about the communion with our Lord Jesus who makes us sharers in his body and blood.  According to St. Ignatius of Antioch( 35-107 A.D.) calls it the one bread that provides the medicine of immortality, the antidote for death and the food that makes us live forever in Jesus Christ. Communion and Unity in the Church of God have to be fostered in all aspects of the church’s worship. Our union with Christ gives us strength to become more charitable to the needy of our time. To be in communion with Christ is an invitation to detach ourselves from what we are addicted with and avail our selves ready for the service to the people of God.By participating in Eucharist we commit ourselves to the new and everlasting covenant, a covenant that recognizes that we are brothers and sisters of Jesus and Children of the one Father. As we share  the meal let us pray for the grace to live a life that is worthy of it.

Thanksgiving to God is our obligation as we celebrate the holy Eucharist, this is done through Eucharistic prayer said by priest. When the faithful are assembled for the communion, they express their thanksgiving to God to what He has done for them in Jesus Christ. We are reminded always to submit ourselves to God by thanking him through prayers and giving our selves to others. When the institution narratives are being chanted or recited by the priest before the assembly, thus we recall the last supper as part of our prayer and so justifying ourselves why do we recall last supper institution narratives.

Lastly, as we celebrate this solemnity of the most holy body and blood of Christ, we have to bear in our minds that without the Eucharist there is no church and without the priest there is no Eucharist, just as Jesus used his disciples as ministers to bring the loaves of bread and fish to the crowd, in the same manner He uses priests to bring himself to us everyday ( Through consecration of the gifts of bread and wine into body and blood of Jesus), it is necessary to include the priests in our church pray and praying for the vocations.  

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