One thing I think of on this Corpus Christi,is the story of the tower of Babel, which was one of the readings from Pentecost.The point of reflection that keeps coming cross my mind is the movement, or more specifically the direction of movement,in the relationship between God and man. In the Babel story mans movement is climbing upward, aggressively upward ; to displace God. The only movement from God is a crushing down. In Babel there is a relationship between god and man,it is not a particularly good one:it is man at odds with God, man trying to take the place of God. Sadly, this babel story did not totally end with Babel. Recall that the Babel story was about building a tower, to reach God and be like God. Recall more importantly that the real Babel was about building altars to replace the true God with arrogant men.
In keeping in mind that Babel relationship with God , listen to the liturgy of the Eucharist.While Babel starts with man trying to be come God, the liturgy of the Eucharist starts with the request that God is with you and thanks giving to the Lord our God.While man stands firmly in his rightful place, it is mans thoughts,prayers, and intentions that reach up to God. After giving thanks, we ask that he accept our gifts, our petitions that we offer. Man again stands in his rightful place in offering his petitions upward to the true God. We ask that God descends to our gifts; “by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dew-fall, so that they may become for us the Body + and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ. “ Here God comes down to us, in his Holy Spirit; as God did in body and blood, the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
In continuing a dialogue with God; a dialogue, not a confrontation, we acknowledge Gods passion through Jesus Christ and acknowledge his command: Take this all of you and eat it, for this is my bod which will be given up for you. Take this and drink of it, this is the chalice of my blood.” This is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. The covenant between God and man is restored. The covenant continues with this blood being shed for many, for the forgiveness of sins. The God of the heavens, comes down to us for our salvation.
The movement of the Eucharistic prayer are the movements of Jesus. They are the movement of the annunciation(the angel speaking to Mary), the nativity(God dwells among us), Christ’s preaching among us, Christ’s healings among us, his passion for us, death, and resurrection. The Eucharistic prayer are the upward movement of the ascension and the descent of the holy spirit on Pentecost.