This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ). In today’s gospel we hear something that would have sounded quite strange, even to Jesus’ earliest followers. And as they were eating he took some bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to them. “Take it”, he said “this is my body”. Then he took a cup, and when he had returned thanks he gave it to them, and all drank from it, he said to them. “This is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many.” (Mk 14:22-24)
Some of us might ask, why did Jesus make the sacrament of communion with him a meal? All of us hunger. All of us thirst. It is a part of what makes us human. All of us too, experience a hunger and a thirst that goes far beyond the physical reality. We hunger for friendship, we thirst to belong, we hunger for love, we thirst for forgiveness.
The Body and Blood of Jesus Christ satisfies the hungry heart, it is food for the soul. It is the spiritual food and drink from heaven that satisfies our deepest spiritual desires and brings us into union with each other, common- union and with Jesus Christ.
“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in them, says the Lord” (Jn 6:57)