Written By: Gregory Watson
The blessing-cup, which we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ; and the loaf of bread which we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ?
(1 Corinthians 10:16)
Have you ever stopped to ponder the immense love that Jesus has for us—for you? It wasn’t enough for Him to become a Man, or to die a horrible, painful death. No, for love of you and me, He went that extra step. His desire to be with us, and for us to be with Him, didn’t end with the Ascension. This Sunday, we celebrate the realization of His infinite love for us, by honouring the mystery of the Eucharist—that Jesus hides Himself in the Blessed Sacrament, transforming the bread and wine into His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, in order to nourish our souls with His very presence with us!
And as that reminder of this core Catholic belief sinks in once more, add to that the patience of Jesus’ love and humility: He is not simply present in the Eucharistic elements during Mass, but He remains as long as the elements are intact. He waits for us in the tabernacles and monstrances of every Catholic Church throughout the world, hoping that we would take the time out of our busy lives to spend some time with the One who so ardently longs to be with us, that He would dwell with us in this way!
Frequently, I drive a co-worker home from work. As we pass Hamilton’s Cathedral of Christ the King, I make the Sign of the Cross in order to recognize that Jesus is truly present within the large Gothic building, and to say hello as I pass by. The first time I did this, my friend asked me why, which led into an excellent discussion of Jesus’ true presence in the Blessed Sacrament. These simple gestures and rituals and traditions that permeate our faith serve not only to honour Our Lord, and to strengthen our own faith, but are effective ways of sharing the Gospel with others! If you don’t already, start by simply making the Sign of the Cross when passing a Catholic Church. Better yet, find out if your parish, or a parish near you, is holding a Eucharistic Procession this Sunday for Corpus Christi, and participate! What better way is there to thank Jesus for His infinite love for you?
Have a blessed Feast of Corpus Christi!