Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
MK 14:12-16, 22-26
June 3, 2018
Change and presence are the very core of every Eucharist.
For many generations, we Catholic Christians have traditionally used Corpus Chrsiti to display this change and presence…taking to the streets of our cities, towns and villages in solemn procession. Enthroned in a monstrance, we carry the Blessed Sacrament into the world proclaiming the truth that Christ is truly with us, even as Jesus was present to the people of Judea so many centuries ago. These public displays are proclamations of our belief that The Lord is with us in the Blessed Sacrament.
At every Eucharist, not just on Corpus Christi, those of who gather to do as Jesus disciples did, experience change. And with the final blessing we are sent out into the cities and towns and villages where we live to make Christ present in a world in desperate need of peace, justice and love. In other words, we become what we eat…and then having undergone this spiritual change brought about by the Real Presence of Christ within our body…we carry The Lord within us like living monstrances into a doubting world.
We MUST gather each and every week, so that we can shift our focus from the things of this world, which drain us…even de-humanize us, and continue to undergo the change that makes us more Christ like. That is what Eucharist can do for us…it can make us more Christ like…as we become what we eat. And as we change, we make Christ more present to the world.
So…chances are good, that in whatever parish you celebrate The Solemnity of Corpus Christi …there will not be a procession. But without a doubt..,there will be a change in the bread and wine…and through it…a change in you. And if you in turn…”take it to the streets”…without a doubt,,,somehow, some way…there will be a change in our world.
You are The Body of Christ! Make Christ present to a world desperate for change.