The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
The Covid-19 pandemic closed the doors of Catholic churches the world over during Holy Week this year. It prohibited the celebration of Holy Thursday, the remembrance of the institution of the Eucharist, the center and summit of our faith. However, today those locked doors are thrown open, and we can once again adore the self-giving Jesus and feed our spiritually hungry souls on his sacramental real presence in holy communion. Alleluia!
Gandhi once said: There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread. Gandhi knew the gospel stories of Jesus multiplying bread and fish to feed thousands because it is recorded there six times. Jesus was often identified as the bread and fish man, the one who loved to feed the hungry. He would later call himself the living bread and invite people to come to him with their labors and heavy burdens to find refreshment, to be fed with his love and compassion, and to find hope in his promise of eternal life.
Jesus keeps his promises always. He would never leave us orphans or without the benefit of his personal presence. As the Word, Jesus always remains at his Fathers’ side, and also on earth in the Eucharist, the divine mystery that defies human explanation. Blessed bread and wine mysteriously contains the reality of the resurrected Jesus and provides believers a visible and material form of contact with God to satisfy all hearts yearning for greater spiritual union.
Let us celebrate this holy day with the words of Saint Eymard: The Holy Eucharist is the center of all Catholic worship –it’s life, it’s kingdom, it’s heaven—it’s all. It is Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us, among us, and for us. (PG 288.2)
Let Us Pray:
Laud, O Zion, your salvation; Laud with hymns of exultation Christ, your king and shepherd true. Bring him all the praise you know; He is more than you bestow. Never can you reach his due. (Lauda Sion)
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