This Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ also known as Corpus Christi.In many places throughout the world the Feast of Corpus Christi would have been celebrated last Thursday but we in Ireland and many other places in the world celebrate this feast on the weekend after Trinity Sunday. When we see the Eucharistic Bread, we believe that it is Jesus who is there before us: such is our faith in the Eucharist. We are thus in the presence of the Resurrected One, He who has conquered death and who is now in Heaven, in the Glory of the Father! The Church teaches that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” (CCC 1324) This means that, because Christ is really, truly and substantially present in the Eucharist, we recognize that all the graces we enjoy as Catholic Christians come from this great Sacrament, and all we aspire to, the fullness of the life of God, is contained in this Sacrament.
Gathered at the Eucharist we bring ourselves and our prayers to God. We each have our own needs. People we know may be sick. we know people who need work but cant find it. The person who has been in our lives for so long has died.We bring these prayers for our needs and the needs of others to church because they raise our hopes in the power and love of God. We have those hopes because God is with us and continues to be with us in good and bad times through the sacramental life of the Church and through the Eucharist in particular.
Our relationship with God has produced fruitfulness, satisfied our longings, and brings us peace of mind and spirit. Because of God’s faithfulness, we give thanks, offer sacrifice, and once again present our needs. Sadly, in our modern world we are witnessing the institutionalization of moral decay. The legalization of abortion and same-sex marriage have dire consequences for the family, the core component of any society. In order to survive with faith intact and to live the truths of faith, Christian men and women today must fight against the idolatries of career, money, materialism, in short, “having it all.” Of all the things we “have” do we place first that which alone will last? So many people have chased after fame, only to have it elude their grasp. Others have given all in search of wealth only to find they had purchased many things but were dissatisfied without the “pearl of great price”. Some have burned themselves out pursuing pleasure divorced from authentic love and then fallen into the dark despair that emptiness and loneliness bring.And some have triumphed over the world by giving body and soul for the one thing necessary: the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we celebrate the greatest gift our Lord has left us: His Body and Blood in the Eucharist or in Latin, “Corpus Christi” By following in our Lord’s footsteps, Christians over the centuries have sacrificed greatly, in a labor of love, for their faith, their Christian way of life and their families. Then as now, it begins with each individual humbly asking God to show the way and to provide the strength needed to follow in His footsteps. This strength comes from the Eucharist the Bread of Life which is the body of Christ.