Corpus Christi Bulletin Article

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ; today we celebrate the greatest gift that has ever been given: the gift of Himself that Jesus Christ gives to us.  Speaking of the Most Holy Eucharist, Saint Augustine said that although God is infinitely wise, He does not know how to give more; although He is infinitely powerful, He is unable to give us anything greater; although vastly rich, God has not more to give.

In giving us His Son, the Father gives us that which He loves most.  Jesus Christ became a man like us in all things except for sin in order to save us from sin and death.  He poured Himself out completely for us upon the Cross and through the Most Holy Eucharist Our Lord gives Himself entirely to us.

In the Eucharist Our Lord gives to us all that He is and all that He has: He holds nothing back from us.  In Holy Communion we receive Jesus Christ; in Holy Communion Our Lord is Present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.  When we receive Holy Communion we receive the One through Whom the universe was created; in Holy Communion we receive the One Whom we rightly call Our Lord and Our God.  In Holy Communion we receive the One Who died and rose that we might have abundant life and when we receive Holy Communion worthily we receive a share in that abundant life: Jesus said “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood will have eternal life.”  (John 6:54)

The Eucharist is often called a “foretaste of Heaven” because in the Eucharist we are united with God in a most intimate way.  Under the appearances of bread and wine our God is really, truly, substantially Present.  When the crowds that followed Our Lord first heard Him say that His flesh was true food, many of them were scandalized.  Instead of correcting their understanding of what He was saying, Our Lord again and again emphasized that He, Himself, is the Bread come down from Heaven: that He would give Himself to us as Food.  He even let many of His disciples walk away because of this teaching and then asked the Apostles if they would leave as well.  (cf. John chapter 6)  Saint Peter, speaking on behalf of the Twelve, said “Master, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.”  Our Lord was willing to even lose the Twelve Apostles over this teaching; yet they stuck with Him even though they may not have understood His teaching.

We can pray to God anywhere, yet nowhere on earth do we encounter God in the way that we do when we encounter Him truly Present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  We are never so close to God on this earth as when we have just received Him in Holy Communion.  Let us be mindful of the great gift that our God gives to us in the Eucharist: may we never take Our Lord’s Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist for granted.  May we always receive Him in Holy Communion worthily, and with great love and devotion.

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine!

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