Jesus is the "bread of life"..... This weekend the Church is celebrating the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. This special Feast is celebrated in remembrance of Jesus who gave His life for our salvation and commanded us to celebrate the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist in His memory. Most of our parishioners have a strong desire to gather together again. I’ve heard lots of people talk about their longing and excitement for the grand reunion that will take place once life gets back to normal. As we are aware under the current restrictions we may not be able to come to the Church as a Eucharistic community but every time we gather for the Eucharist, it’s like being in that upper room with the first disciples, and the Lord is present again to support and to challenge us. The more we become aware of Christ living and acting in and through us as His Body, the more meaningful will be our gathering around His table of the altar.
The feast of Corpus Christi has always reminded me how real and close Jesus is as present to us. I think it is important that I bring you this for your reflection. How often do we receive Holy Communion as a force of habit, in order to be seen by others, in order to be counted pious? Do we really have a deep faith in the Eucharist? Do we prepare, through prayer and recollection for Mass and Communion. Are we thankful to God for this marvellous gift? We are reminded not to be careless in our adoration and belief in the Real Presence in the Eucharist.
Every single particle of the bread of the host, and every single drop of the wine in the chalice, even to the smallest particle, is the Real Presence of our Lord Himself, fully present in Body, Soul and Divinity. To strengthen our faith, from time to time, God has allowed visible Eucharistic Miracles to occur in various parts of the world so that we may believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Dear friends, therefore today, as we commemorate this great Solemnity of Corpus Christi, let us all rediscover our understanding and respect for the Lord who has given us His own Body and Blood in the Eucharist. Let us all start from deep within, by striving to participate more actively in the celebration of the Holy Mass, and by receiving Him humbly and reverently in the Eucharist.
Fr. Dantus Thottathil