GOSPEL COMMUNION: Sacred Heart of Jesus (Year B)

June 11 2021 : Sacred Heart of Jesus (Year B)

The Collegeville Composers opted to re-use the Song for Table for Pentecost Sunday (May 23), derived from the first antiphon in the Missal, taken from John 7:37-38:

Thus says the Lord:
Let whoever is thirsty come to me and drink.
Streams of living water will flow
from within the one who believes in me.

together with the alternative Missal antiphon extracted from today’s Gospel reading (John 19:31-37):

One of the soldiers opened his side with a lance,
and at once there came forth blood and water. (John 19:34)

At Communion, we are called to come and drink the Blood of the Risen Lord as well as to eat his Risen Body. Not only does this assuage our thirst, but with the power of the Spirit in us (cf. Ephesians 3:16 from today’s 2nd Reading, streams of living water will flow from within us when we show Christ to the world in the way that we live. In this way, what we have celebrated and received becomes enfleshed as we are sent forth in mission to a hungry and thirsty world.

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