Solemnity of Corpus Christi
Even among Catholics, some do not truly believe that Jesus Christ is present in the Holy Eucharist substantially, body, blood and divinity. For many this white host is just a symbol, a memorial. Where do we stand?
If we are among those who do not believe, let us not approach the altar at Communion time before we strengthen our faith by carefully listening to the words of Jesus:
“I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. for my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.”(John 6,51–58)
In the second reading, St Paul also enlightens those who think that the Sacred Host is just a symbol and not the real, substantial body and blood of Jesus.
“The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ, and the bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ.”(1Cor.10, 16-17)
Today’s Solemnity is to perfect our faith in the real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and in his infinite love for us. May we go to Mass often but also spend time visiting the Blessed Sacrament in adoration at other times. Benedict XVI like Saint John Paul II, ask parents and catechists to bring children to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament:
“I also recommend that, in their catechetical training, and especially in their preparation for First Holy Communion, children be taught the meaning and the beauty of spending time with Jesus, and helped to cultivate a sense of awe before his presence in the Eucharist. “ (In Sacramentum Caritatis)
Today is also the day many Catholic parishes will have a Eucharistic procession after Mass to publicly proclaim that the sacrifice of Christ is for the salvation of the whole world. We will have a time of adoration and procession as well.