Reflections - Jun. 7, 2015

“Take it, this is my body.”  Mk. 14:22.
 
Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ “Corpus Christi”.  The history of the feast comes to us from 1263.  It was instituted by Pope Urban IV to remember a miracle that occurred in Orvieto, Italy.
 
A priest celebrated Mass and doubted the real presence of Christ; His body, blood, soul and divinity, and as he passed through this crisis of faith he saw blood coming out of the consecrated host and the corporal was dyed with Christ’s blood.  Today this cloth of the corporal is preserved and venerated in the Cathedral of Orvieto.
 
This feast that we celebrate today is an invitation to strengthen us in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  Saint Augustine used to say a phrase that can help us to deepen further into this mystery of love:  “Believe what you receive, receive what you believe, convert into what you receive”.
 
To believe in the presence of Christ and convert to Him in the Eucharist is to believe that He can transform my senses to listen to the positive side of my brethren to bring him closer to the Kingdom of God, our salvation.  It is to see with the same compassion as Christ recognizing my limits and those of my brethren.  The Communion of the Body of Christ opens my eyes to covert me each day.  There is no conversion or spiritual change in my life if our bodies, and in particular our affectivity, is not converted.  We have to let Christ, the Bread of Life, act in the secret of our hearts so that we may be “images of what we eat”.  “Take it, this is my body.”  Mk. 14:22.
 
Today, as you receive the Eucharist ask yourself:  How can I make Jesus Christ in the Eucharist more visible in my family life, work, and community?
 
How much time do you spend adoring Him in front of the Blessed Sacrament?  Ask Him to open your senses to be more sensitive to new situations and ask Him for spiritual strength to bring joy and hope to our Christian families and our society.