Today we celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, or more commonly known as “Corpus Christi”. This great feast of the Catholic Church was instituted in the Thirteenth century to honor Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. In 1263 at Orvieto, Italy a Eucharistic Miracle happened. A consecrated host began to drip blood on to the corporal. The next year Pope Urban asked St. Thomas Aquinas to compose hymns and prayers which composed the Mass of Corpus Christi. Today we joyfully thank Our Lord for the great gift of his own body and blood truly contained in the Blessed Sacrament.
The Church calls the Eucharist “The source and summit of the Christian Life” (Sacrosanctum Concilium no.47) because it is Christ himself who has promised to remain with His church until the end of time. The Blessed Sacrament, reserved in the tabernacle, has been the source of sanctity for countless saints, martyrs, virgins, missionaries and teachers who have fallen in love with the Lord. They were nourished by the Eucharistic in Holy Communion and strengthened by prayer before the Lord in the tabernacle. The Blessed Sacrament should have a profound effect in our lives as members of his mystical body, the Church.
Today the Church urges all her children to renew their devotion to the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. When we spend time in prayer before our Eucharistic Lord we come to adore, ask for forgiveness, give thanks, and petition Him for our needs, the needs of our family, our country and the world as well. (So get to Church early before mass) United to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament we find our strength to remain faithful to the call of holiness. Christ himself becomes our food and companion on our pilgrimage of life.
Blessings, Father Dooley
QUESTIONS FOR THOUGHT
Is my faith strengthen when I receive Holy Communion? What is the connection between the Tabernacle and the altar? How could I increase my devotion to the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament?