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Solemnity of Corpus Christi - the Body and Blood of Jesus

All of us together form the Church. Who is the centre of the Church? Jesus is the centre. How is Jesus most present to us? In the Blessed Sacrament. Corpus Christi is the feast of the very centre and heart of Our Church, the centre and heart of our faith, and the centre and heart of Our Parish, the centre and heart of the lives of each of us; Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  The feast of Corpus Christi is most important.

Some find it difficult to believe that bread and wine change into the Body and Blood of Jesus. There are doubts, as we don’t see any change in the bread or wine. There is no difference in the taste; the bread still tastes like bread and the wine still tastes like wine. It is going against logic to say that the bread and wine change into the Body and Blood of Jesus despite no change in appearance. You can only accept this if you are humble enough to admit that you do not know it all, and that your reason and logic do not hold the answer to everything.

But, when it comes to believing in God we need to surrender our intellect to faith. As Paul says, in the Christian life we go by faith and not by sight (2 Cor 5:7). We need to be humble and be open to God performing a miracle every day at Holy Mass.  When you submit to God you will not lose anything, you will gain everything.  Surrender your logic to God and receive His love.  ‘Trust, surrender, believe, receive.’

It was the Eucharistic miracle at the Last Supper, that led to the institution of this feast.  Jesus is really with us in the Eucharist and comes to us in every Mass in the form of bread and wine.  His Blood shed for us in love, and His Body scourged, crowned with thorns, and crucified for us.   Because the Eucharist is the love of Jesus for us, we always approach Jesus in the Eucharist with great respect, and asking pardon for our sins. That’s why it is so necessary at the start of every Mass to ask Jesus for mercy because we are so unworthy of his love, and again before receiving Jesus we express our unworthiness: ‘Lord I am not worthy to receive you but only say the word and I shall be healed.’  Think of how precious a moment in our Mass it is, when we receive Jesus in Holy Communion.  Jesus is in us and we are with Jesus. It is like what Genesis says about the marriage of man and woman, no longer two but one.  It is the same when we receive Jesus.  We are no longer two but one.  ‘Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.’ (John 6:56).

When we receive Jesus worthily in the Holy Eucharist we are given the mandate by Him to live the Eucharist;  to live what we receive, so that people seeing us will no longer see us, but Jesus living and alive in us.   Jesus commands us, ‘love one another as I have loved you’.   When we are fed, by Jesus present in the Eucharist, we receive grace to do likewise.

We believe He is really present in the Blessed Sacrament and gradually grow from merely believing, to loving Jesus and being loved by Jesus.  As a symbol of our love for Jesus we will be carrying Him in procession when we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi.  As we adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, we thank Him, for all that He has done for us unworthy sinners.  We also ask Jesus to heal us, putting into words the deepest healing we need in our lives.  Remember the words of the Consecration of every Mass recalling Jesus giving Himself for us, ‘This is my Body which will be given up for you...  This is the Cup of My Blood.  It will be shed for you...’

“O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,

All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.”

Adapted by Sarla Weinman