Start with Genesis?! | Corpus Christi Reflections from Dr. Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins
by Teri Tolpa
Reflections for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi - Material for Prayer
To reflect on this most awesome event and sacrament – Corpus Christi – the SOURCE and SUMMIT of our Catholic Faith! – enjoy some insights on the Most Holy Eucharist from Dr. Tim Gray, Jeff Cavins and Dr. Edward Sri. Stay tuned throughout the week for food for the soul which you can reflect on at prayer with Scripture (there are Bible references included!) – especially in the PRESENCE of Our Eucharistic Lord in the Blessed Sacrament – at Adoration or veiled in a tabernacle!
And be sure to pass these reflections on to your friends – Catholics and non-Catholics alike! They are a beautiful blend of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition – which shows how the Catholic Church is truly founded in the Word of God made manifest through His Church.
What IS the Feast of Corpus Christi?
With the Feast of Corpus Christi, traditionally celebrated the Thursday after Trinity Sunday (moved to the following Sunday in the U.S.), we observe the Institution of the Holy Eucharist. Since this event (Holy Thursday) falls during Holy Week, when our hearts and minds are occupied with matters of the Lord’s Passion, the Church has recognized the importance of honoring this event at a different time. (Thanks to New Advent for this information!)
Start with Genesis?!?
The Curses of Adam (From Walking with God by Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins. Published by Ascension Press.)
Because Abraham and Israel fail to undo the mess of Adam, God himself takes matters into his own hands, sending his Son. After Adam’s sin, the Lord said to Adam, “Cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth to you…in the sweat of your face you shall eat bread” (Gn 3:17-19). Jesus takes Adam’s sin and its resulting curse upon himself. He prays so intensely in another garden, the Garden of Gethsemane, that he sweats blood (Lk 22:44). After he is arrested, the Roman guards mockingly crown him with a crown of thorns (Mt 27:29).
Adam and Eve were forced to leave the Garden of Eden and an angel guarded the tree of life. This was necessary, God said, “lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” (Gn 3:22).
The cross upon which Jesus suffers and dies becomes the new tree of life, from which all of Adam’s descendants can take and eat and receive the grace to live in the life of God forever.
What is the fruit of this new tree of life? Jesus tells his apostles before he dies: “This is my body which is given for you” (Lk 22:19). Jesus tells his disciples that “he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (Jn 6:54). The fruit of the new tree of life, the cross, is the Eucharist, and by it we have eternal life. Jesus’ death on the cross opens up the gates to heaven and to everlasting life, undoing Adam’s sin.
Jesus defeats the enemy in the same way that the enemy first defeated Adam and Eve: through the weakness of the flesh. He assumes flesh, taking on human nature, and offers himself as the price for the broken covenant. He crushes the work of the enemy. With Jesus’ last breath on the cross, the exile from Eden ends and paradise is opened to Adam and his descendants.
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