Pastors Desk: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ / A

Posted 17th June 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 18th June 2017 - The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ / A

body-and-blood-of-christ1Today we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, which literally means the body of Christ. This is an important feast day and gives us an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the Eucharist.

One of the ceremonies that I most enjoy celebrating as a Deacon is Benediction. It is usually preceded by a time of prayer with the Blessed Sacrament. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with Jesus who is present to us in a very special way and to thank him for all the blessings that he has given us in our lives, in those of our families and our community.

The Eucharist brings us together as a community of faith, it nourishes us and helps us to support one another so that, in parish life, we can bring the Risen Jesus, the bread of life, to our parish community.

When speaking about the Eucharist, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said:
“Those of us who share in the Eucharist are called to live our lives as witness to the self-giving love of Jesus with a similar love for those who are excluded: the homeless, the unemployed, the despised and the ostracised and those who are condemned to the margins of society.”

St Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians “as often as you eat this bread and this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.” This is part of Christ’s tremendous parting promise to us: “I will be with you always to the close of the age.” (Matt 28:20).

We can become very familiar with the Eucharist as we celebrate it on a weekly basis or, for some of us, more frequently than that. In his encyclical on the Eucharist Saint John Paul II invites us to be amazed by this altogether special and unique element of God’s love for us. He tells us that the gift of the Eucharist evokes profound amazement and gratitude.

As we reflect on these insights, let us give thanks to God, on the Feast of Corpus Christi, for his great gift of the Eucharist to us all.

Deacon Gerard Reilly