This Sunday, June 14th, 2020, is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – Corpus Christi
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – The Holy Eucharist, underscores Four (4) important aspects of our Christian Faith:
- The Holy Eucharist is a visible sign of unity of the Mystical Body of Christ on earth - The Church. In Lumen Gentium, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Mother Church teaches that: “The Holy Eucharist is the source, the center, and the summit of our Christian life and worship”, (CCC nos. 1324 – 1327, 1386; LG 11). All Christians regardless of race, culture, nationality, age, gender or social status, find our true identity as children of God and as disciples of Christ, when we partake of the one Bread of Life and sharing in the one cup of Blessing. Without the Eucharist as foundation upon which to build our communities and spiritual lives, Christian families are left with fewer values to live by, and to pass on to our children.
- The Holy Eucharist is the assurance of Christ’s Real Presence; His Body and Blood, and Divinity, in the consecrated species of bread and wine by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ himself said: “This is my Body…this is the cup of the new covenant in my Blood…” (Lk 22:19-20).
- The Holy Eucharist foreshadows our Heavenly Banquet with God, as Saint Paul testifies: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him”, (1 Cor 2:9; Rom 8:18). The Prophet Isaiah prophesied of heavenly banquet: “On this mountain, the Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines” (Isaiah 25:6-80).
- The Holy Eucharist is constant reminder of our Christian obligation, that having been spiritually nourished by the Lord with the gift of his Sacred Body and Blood, we are sent out to nourish the lives of others, sharing our physical bread and other material blessings with the less fortunate in our midst. Jesus commanded his disciples: “Give them some food yourselves” (Lk 9:13). The Lord himself identifies with the least among us: “Whatever you did for one of these least brethren of mine, you did for me”(Matthew 25: 31-46).
So, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, challenges our belief in Christ, and in His Real Presence in the Eucharist. Do we believe?
And if we truly believe in Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist, then let us approach the Blessed Sacrament with Great Faith, and with Great Love, and with Great Reverence, and with Great Respect.
Peace be with you!