Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Source and Summit of our Lives

Today is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi – the day the Church draws our attention to the incomprehensible gift of the Sacred Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Two of our Sisters who grew up in French-speaking families know the day as "Fete Dieu" - the "Feast of God".

As Catholics we often take the Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist for granted. We get caught up in the busyness of our lives and neglect to focus on the Truth that our God is really and truly present with us in consecrated bread and wine.

Twice a day we expose the Blessed Sacrament in our motherhouse chapel – in the morning for our common Morning Prayer and meditation and in the evening for our daily Holy Hour. I have the privilege of returning the host to the tabernacle at the end of our prayer time. Not always, but many times, I am in awe of the realization that I am carrying in my human hands the precious Risen Body of the Creator of the Universe – the God who created ME! No wonder so many saints went into ecstasy when they contemplated Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. If only I believed enough to experience that depth of intimacy with Jesus too.

Today and every day let us turn our eyes toward the tabernacle and attempt to realize that Jesus, the Son of God, is truly present there. God loved us so much that He couldn’t stand to be separated from us. He chose to remain with us, humbly contained in the small wafer of bread so that we could receive Him into our hearts every day if possible. Let’s not keep Him waiting.

Our belief in the Eucharistic Presence of Jesus Christ comes from St. John's Gospel. See: (John 6:48-68)

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