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'The bread that I shall give is my flesh for the life of the world.'



Today we celebrate the feast of 'Corpus Christi'. The Gospel is taken from John 6:51-58 which includes the line above which is the heading for this week's sharing.


There is something about the word 'life' that always engages me. I remember seeing a NZ film set in Auckland some years ago about a matriarch of a Samoan family drawing to the end of her life and wanting all her family to come together for a huge party and BBQ. You can imagine all the dynamics typical of every big family when they all got together. At one point she looks out from her bedroom window at all the interchange and hubbub outside and she says with incredible warmth and power, 'Look at all that life!' Things are not perfect or plain sailing for her family but she is filled with immense pride.


Things are not perfect in our lives or within our families and communities either but we move in and out of each other lives with our strengths and weaknesses. It strikes me how precious it is to get together even if we don't always see eye to eye or enjoy a perfect situation. We celebrate the Eucharist with all the different dynamics and contexts of our lives and we are challenged not to give up on each other.


Christ of course never gives up on us and was aware of the dynamics among his disciples and he is aware of the dynamics in our lives. Out of a burning and immense love he left us his body and blood to remember him and to celebrate and transform the life we share and to feed the hunger we experience. He desires to share his very life with us and what a life that is.


You may like to listen to 'Into my life' lyrics James Lyons, track 1 from 'Angel of the Forest.'


Blessings on your week.

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