June 6th (Corpus Christi Article)

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.  This Feast is given to us as an opportunity to reflect upon the reality of what was instituted at the Last Supper.  At the Last Supper, Our Lord gave His Apostles (and their successors) the power to change ordinary bread and wine into His very Body and Blood.

In the Holy Eucharist, the Lord gives Himself to us as food.  Through the True Presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, Our Lord remains with us.  He is really, truly, substantially present in the Eucharist.  Through our reception of Holy Communion, we are intimately united with God.  We are never as close to God on this earth as when we have just received Him in Holy Communion.

Due to the reality of Who it is that we receive in Holy Communion, we should always be sure that we are in a proper state when we approach to receive Him.  We are all sinners, but we should do all that we can to prepare our hearts to receive Our Lord.  It is necessary that we go to Confession before we go to Communion, if we have fallen into mortal sin.  (Quick refresher: a sin is mortal if there is grave matter involved and we knowingly and freely choose to commit the sin.)

Our God loves each one of us so much that He wants to be united with us.  Love desires union.  God sent His own Beloved Son to die for us in order to save us from sin.  Jesus gives Himself to us under the appearances of bread and wine, just so that He can be united to our hearts.  Jesus loves us with all that He is and all that He has: Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.  He holds nothing back from us.  He asks us to love Him in return in like manner: with all our hearts.

May the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus be praised and adored, loved and thanked at every moment in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time.  Amen.

God bless,

Father White