Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Prayer on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Dearest Jesus, Moses reminded the Israelites how, for forty years, God directed their journey in the desert; please direct the spiritual journey of Your people and bring us ever closer to You until we are all home with You in Heaven for all eternity.

Dearest Jesus, God tested the Israelites in the desert to see if they would keep the commandments; please help us to persevere when our faith, hope, and love are tested that we may always keep Your commandments and grow in love for You and our neighbors.

Dearest Jesus, the Israelites ate manna in the desert, but we have access to Your Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist; may we always receive You with reverence and love.

Dearest Jesus, the Scripture reminds us that “not by bread alone does one live, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of the Lord”; please open our ears to hear Your words in the Scripture and in daily life, open our minds to understand them; and open our hearts to love and follow them.

Dearest Jesus, God brought the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt; please bring us out of slavery to sin and death.

Dearest Jesus, God made water flow forth from a flinty rock for the people to drink; please make the water of life flow in our hearts.

Dearest Jesus, St. Paul asks us if “the cup of blessing that we bless is...not a participation in the blood of Christ?” and if “the bread that we break is...not a participation in the body of Christ?”; please make our hearts resound with a firm “yes” as we recognize and proclaim Your Real Presence in the Eucharist.

Dearest Jesus, St. Paul also tells us that we are one body; please increase our love for one another.

Dearest Jesus, You are the living bread that has come down from Heaven, and You give Your flesh for the life of the world; please cleanse our hearts so that we may receive Your great gift worthily.

Dearest Jesus, many of Your followers turned away from You when You declared "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink”; please give us the grace of holding fast to Your promise and never turning away from Your love.

Dearest Jesus, You said that whoever eats Your flesh and drinks Your blood will remain in You and You in him; please remain in us always and allow us to remain in You.

Dearest Jesus, You promised that those who eat the bread that You give will live forever; please give us eternal life with You in heaven after a life of devoutly receiving Your Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Eucharist.

Amen. Alleluia.

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