Reflections 14th June 2020

A Reflection for Corpus Christi

JN 6: 51-58 (

Didache, an early Christian writing has this to say: “On the Lord’s day, gather in community to break bread and give thanks. No one who has a quarrel with another person may join your gathering, not until they are reconciled. Your sacrifice must not make me unholy.”

The feast of the Body and Blood of Christ invites us to reflect on the wonderful gift of the Eucharist.  It is a celebration in which God wondrously nourishes us with His own life - the living bread.

The human person, who is created in the image and likeness of God, longs and thirsts for God as St. Augustine says “Our hearts are restless until they rest in God” and therefore Jesus, the God Incarnate, “come down from heaven” offers the only bread that will ultimately satisfy the hunger which the heavenly Father has placed in our hearts, namely the bread of eternal life.

“Anyone who eats this bread will live forever”. This is the bread we receive in the Eucharist.

The Eucharist establishes an intimate union between Jesus and the baptized person. “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him” (John 6:56).

During the COVID-19 pandemic and given social distancing requirements, most Catholics have only been able to make Spiritual Communion.

Let us continue to pray to our Eucharistic Lord, that, as the Eucharist is a sacrament of healing, he may continue to bring His healing to all who are sick or who have been affected by the corona virus.

May all who have died receive peace, happiness and joy in God’s Kingdom and may our Eucharistic Lord “raise them up on the last day.”  Let us adore Christ saying:

O Sacrament Most Holy,

O Sacrament Divine,

All praises and all thanksgiving

Be every moment Thine.


Raphael Annan C.S.Sp. – Ordained in 1996, Fr. Raphael is from Ghana where the Spiritan presence is some 50 years old. He studied and ministered in his home country and in Nigeria, taking up an appointment in Ireland in 2015. He is Moderator in Greenhills / Kimmage parishes.