The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (2012)


One of the false statements made against Catholics over and over again is that Catholics do not develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I really can’t think of anything more false or...whatever! Not only do we speak directly to the Lord in our prayer life, the deepest treasure of our faith is our personal meeting with Christ every time we receive the Holy Communion[1].

And it is precisely to remind us of the value we place on this personal contact with the Lord that the Church gives us this beautiful Feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord, Corpus Christi. When we receive the Holy Communion, we receive the real presence of Jesus Christ. This is our treasure. There is nothing we value more in our spiritual lives than our union with Christ in the Eucharist. It is in the Mass that we recreate the paschal mystery of the Last Supper, Death and Resurrection of the Lord. Every Mass is a battle for the Kingdom which we participate in through our determination to live the Eucharist we receive, our determination to be Christ like.

And then, if we are truly Eucharistic, we bring Him to others. For to the degree that we bring the Presence of the Lord to others, to that degree we exercise our Catholic identity. As simple as that, so when priests, religious and you, laity, throughout the world care for the suffering, when we reach out to the hurting people of our own society, then we are living our Catholicism, we are living the Eucharist. We love Jesus so much that we want to make His Presence a reality for others. The question at this point is how many people we invited to participate in the Eucharist? How many people we invited to Sunday Mass? Do we want to contaminate others the love of Jesus in the Eucharist?

Today is a day when Catholics throughout the world will follow the Eucharist in a procession. Our procession today at the end of this mass will be a wonderful action. We will follow the Eucharistic Presence, and at the same time our procession will means standing up for the unpopular way of Jesus Christ.

My brother, my sister, to receive the Eucharist is to live the Life of Jesus Christ. We enter into the New Covenant with the Lord on a regular basis whenever we receive communion. So, do we Catholics cultivate a personal relationship with the Lord? Of course! Our personal relationship with Jesus Christ is real, living and Eucharistic, however we can always do more, and we can always grow in love for the Eucharist. My desire as pastor of this community is that we are a very Eucharistic community, a community that has its center here, near the altar, and then, with a heart full of Jesus, helping others.

Let us continue with the celebration of the Eucharist, and let us prepare our hearts, minds and bodies for the procession at the end of the mass, but more than that let us give thanks for the great gift of the Eucharist; we can borrow the beautiful words of St. Thomas Aquinas: I do not see the wounds as Thomas did, But I confess that you are my God. Make me believe more and more in you, Hope in you, and love you[2]


[1] Sunday 10th June, 2012, the Body and Blood of Christ. Readings: Exodus 24:3-8. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord—Ps 115(116):12-13, 15-18. Hebrews 9:11-15. Mark 14:12-16, 22-26.
[2] Hymn to the Holy Eucharist, written by St. Thomas Aquinas. Unlike the other hymns by St. Thomas, it was not originally composed for the feast of Corpus Christi. Until the liturgical revision after the Second Vatican Council, it was among the optional prayers in the Missal and the Breviary for recitation by the priest after Mass. There are some twenty-five English translations, of which one popular version begins, "Lord and God, devoutly you I now adore; Hidden under symbols, bread and wine no more." You can find a good translation here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adoro_te_devote and the music here: http://youtu.be/n0_vznxcNZ8

Y entonces uno se queda con la Iglesia, que me ofrece lo único que debe ofrecerme la Iglesia: el conocimiento de que ya estamos salvados –porque esa es la primera misión de la Iglesia, el anunciar la salvación gracias a Jesucristo- y el camino para alcanzar la alegría, pero sin exclusividades de buen pastor, a través de esa maravilla que es la confesión y los sacramentos. La Iglesia, sin partecitas.

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