Gospel Reflections

Feast of Corpus Christi

Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Honorine Yamba

Published: June 03, 2018


In this text there is “before the meal”, a meal, and “after the meal.”  At each phase the apostles have a question or experience a disappointment. They begin with a practical question:  “Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?”  The response is surprising: “Go into the city and you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water.  Follow him.” Without any question, the two disciples left. According my knowledge of the Bible, the pitcher is often carried by a woman.  In this situation it is the man who carries it; perhaps part of the Jewish culture. 

Confidence or ignorance! The apostles acted without discussion.  How could they know clearly if it was here or there?  They went, confident that things would unfold as Jesus had said.  “They found everything as he had told them, and prepared the Passover.” 

During the meal: the blessing is a traditional rite but the words which Jesus pronounced in saying: “This is my body, this is my blood” greatly troubled the hearts of the apostles.  What a polemic!  Questions without answers burned in their hearts. Glances were exchanged; Jesus read their thoughts but said nothing.  He was nearing the conclusion of his mission. 

Finally it was time to leave, they could not stay there; “They left for the Mount of Olives,” not to continue the meal but to live the passion.  It was a moment of truth, temptation and betrayal.  They left together but did not stay together. Their paths parted.

The cover page of the Calls of the General Chapter of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur 2014 is entitled “Journey of Fidelity”.  A trip is prepared. Our daily road is the same as that of the apostles. After all the events mentioned above, the apostles who had lived this experience were transformed, for Christ had touched them. 

Like the apostles, Saint Julie had total confidence in God, and she allowed herself to be led.  Let us, too, be led by the same Spirit.

How do we prepare to receive the body and blood of Christ? If we spend a great deal of time in preparation to welcome our guests, do we always bother to prepare for prayer according to our abilities and circumstances?  When we dine at the same table, do we consider this as a time for communion, dialogue and sharing?  Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice during a meal.  Let us give to one another by sharing our simple meals as well as our joys and sorrows so that we may become more and more a community in the body and blood of Christ.

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