The Feast of Corpus Christi
As many of you know, I wasn’t always Catholic and I didn’t always go to Church on Sunday. My appreciation for the Mass and my love for our Lord Jesus Christ increased dramatically after I came to recognize Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist. And this Jesus, this Eucharist was the love my heart longed for beyond all telling. The Eucharist was the fulfillment of all of God’s covenants and love for all His people.
We see this theme in our readings today: first, the covenant God made with the people of Israel, and second, the new covenant extended to all through the mediation of Christ and God’s promise of eternal salvation. They are beautiful Scriptures in and of themselves, but they are especially important for the feast that the Church celebrates today: the most holy Body and Blood of Christ – the feast of Corpus Christi.
We hear these familiar words and give thanks and praise for them: Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.”
To some outside of our Catholic communion, it may seem quite odd that we would have such a feast day, but not to us. For at the very core of who we are as Catholics is our belief that, through Christ’s Word and the action of the Holy Spirit; and under the appearances of bread and wine, the risen Jesus Christ is truly, fully, and substantially present in body, blood, soul and divinity ( CCC 1374, 1375).
Christ is the mediator of a new covenant that seals our eternal relationship to the Father, and promises everlasting life. In our communion with him we have both blessed opportunity, and scriptural commandment, to share that gift with others.
Perhaps it is hard to explain, or understand, why some people choose to stay away from so great a gift! But we are here. We are here because we are in awe of our God. We are in awe of a God who would not spare his only Son to prove his love for us. We are in awe that God would make it so very simple for us to have him with us and in us until the end of time. This is the Good News…..that God is truly with us.
At today’s Mass and every Mass we continue to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Jesus is present to us and in us ….and now it’s up to us to be His Presence to others. After our celebration here today, and in every moment, let us proceed from this beautiful Church into the world as a visible representation of Jesus, that which is made real to us here in the Eucharist. May we bear its fruits by helping to build the kingdom of God in our families, our communities and Yes at SummerFest as well.
Have a safe, happy and holy SummerFest weekend!