Today we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi. It is a time for us to especially commemorate the institution of the Body and Blood of Christ. It is a time to reclaim and affirm the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Today we are reminded of the mystery of our Lord and the wonderful gift that we receive at every Eucharistic celebration. We come to recognize that the strength required to live out our Christian lives dwells within us as we receive the Body and Blood of Christ. Through the Eucharist Jesus shows us how much He loves us and longs to remain with us.
We are called to the table and to the feast not so that we may dwell on the pain and sufferings of our Lord, but so that we may partake in the joy and love that was offered up for us in His Sacrifice. We are called to the table so that we may experience the immeasurable love that our Lord shares with us. Through the Eucharist, we are receiving the Body and Blood of Christ enabling us to live out our faith with perseverance and courage.
The Eucharist is not solely a symbol.Jesus is fully present before us, offered to us, in order to dwell within us. He is to be adored, to be embraced, and to be loved. Though we are all unworthy that He should enter under our roof He does so willingly, freely, and lovingly. May we strive each day desiring to make our dwelling place for the Lord rich in virtue by being committed to the path of holiness; recognizing that the strength to endure whatever comes rests upon the measure of our faith and the immeasurable mercy and love of our Lord. Receiving the Eucharist is to receive Christ fully. He is the source of my joy, my hope, my strength, and the reason I am. In receiving the Body and Blood of Christ into my emptiness at every Mass I am abundantly filled with the outpouring of Love impossible to explain and to comprehend. It is by faith that I have come to know that This is The Body and Blood of our Lord. "Lord I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed" Amen (C.C.)