This Sunday we celebrate the great feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ (Corpus Christi). It is the most perfect and necessary gift that God could ever give to humanity. When Jesus said that he would be with us, even to the end of the age (Matt 28:20), the institution of the Eucharist is fulfilment of this promise in the most proximate way possible. Jesus gives us himself, literally, so that we might never be far from his presence. A person who loves another always desires that their loved ones are close to them. Jesus desires this continued intimacy through the gift of his body and blood.
We can easily understand how food is important, we feel good when we have good food but if we eat food that is not good for us, or disagrees with us, our whole world can come to a screeching halt. Good food helps us in our life, it helps us to perform at our best and gives us the energy to achieve or goal in this life. Jesus has given us the perfect food for our souls, the food that will help us grow in the spiritual life. Jesus gives us himself, the food that sustains us, helps us to heal from old wounds and gives us the strength to persevere in our relationship with God.
Each time we receive the Eucharist we receive a food that transforms us, the reception of this food reveals to us the heart of God. After we have received Jesus in the host it is a profound moment of intimacy, where our heart is able to talk to the heart of God. This is the most opportune time for us to lay everything before God, our dreams and ambitions, our hopes and cares, our moments of worry and our areas of weakness. Jesus wants us to share everything with him in this embrace of eucharistic communion.
The more we open ourselves to receive what God wants for us the more our heart becomes like God’s heart. We start to see more clearly what God desires of us, and how God might want to us to reach others, how God might use us to minister to those who need him the most. In a special way we remember refugees and migrants this Sunday, and it is a chance to reflect on how we can be open to welcoming those who might feel on the outside of society, or those on the outskirts of our social circles. We celebrate the feast of the gift of Jesus’ Body and Blood, this is a gift that unites us to God and is a gift that calls us to strive to invite others into this great gift of unity that truly is the “Source and Summit of our Faith”.
Fr Tong King-Archer