(Corpus CHristi, Year C)
This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi – the feat of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
For over 2000 years, the Church celebrates and preserves at its heart, the Eucharist, and all the teachings associated with it: namely that,
* under the sign of the consecrated bread and wine, Christ Jesus, risen and glorified, reveals the continuation of His Incarnation;
* He is still risen and alive in our midst, to nourish believers with is body and blood;
* His one and the same Sacrifice on Calvary is made present through the sacrifice of the Mass;
* He is present to us, body, soul and divinity in the species of the Consecrated bread and wine.
Yet, how how could we fail to be astonished at the fact that the one who is God, offers Himself as food and drink to his very creatures? The one who is Lord places Himself entirely at our disposition, at our service. It is such an abasement and condescension on His part that we can only stand in bewilderment and awe. Where we can see but bread and wine, we stand before the assertion of His Presence.
To all of this astonishment, and to all of the questions we can ask, there is but one response: Everything in the Eucharist derives from love carried to extremes. All emerges from a limitless will to give. The one who consummated His sacrifice on the Cross and crowned it with the triumph of His resurrection also willed that His one and the same offering be re-enacted through all time in the Eucharistic celebration. His offering of Calvary was sufficient, to overflowing, for obtaining salvation and grace for all human beings, yet he chooses to continue to give us a new presence in the Christian assembly.
Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ; What a Divine Gift!! What a Divine Ingenuity! What a privilege! Fr Michael