The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
Today we acknowledge the gift Jesus shared with the world in his personally fullness. We celebrate the gift of His body and blood.
Bread being blessed and broken are the scenes from our first two readings. A great aspect of our faith is the central symbol of sharing a meal, a meal as simple and universal as bread. This action is one the unites us.
The Eucharist, the central gift of our Catholic faith, is an act of ‘thanksgiving.’ We invite Christ to be present in our bodies. Our remembering is active when we follow Jesus’ command to break the bread and share the cup. We are not only remembering the historical Jesus of the past, but with these words and actions we also celebrate Jesus’ presence today. Jesus continues to nourish and sustain us as individuals and as a community. This is an aspect of Catholicism that separates us from other Christian denominations.
We also look forward to the future where the reign of God will be fulfilled. This movement to the future is vivid in today’s Gospel. The disciples state that they only have five loaves and two fish to feed the crowd. They have yet to realize the Bread of Life present to them. Jesus foreshadows his future death and resurrection. Jesus makes it clear that his disciples must follow his example in their lives. He calls them to take an active role when says, “Give them some food yourselves.” This is an invitation to take up their role in building the kingdom of God.
Today, you and I are called to take our place in the continued work of the kingdom of God, especially as we move into the next phase of Beacons of Light. How do you break bread with others? How do you live your vocation within the community, as one who is called to share in the call of the disciples?
Join me in prayer today for all our fathers. May they know God’s grace in their lives in a special way today. I continue to thank God for your kindness to me as I finish my ministry in the parish. Thank you!
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len