From the Desk of Father Mac
the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
My Dear Friends in Christ,
Today we celebrate the
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, "Corpus
Christi," a wonderful opportunity for us to give thanks to God
for the great gift we have been given in the Sacrament of the
Most non-Catholic Christians believe that the
Eucharist is just a sign or a symbol of Christ's presence, not the
real thing. But Catholics and Orthodox Christians share belief that
Christ is not just symbolically present in the Eucharist, he is
really and truly present.
The Catholic Church has always
believed and taught that Jesus Christ is really, truly present in
the sacrament of the Eucharist. This makes the Eucharist the
greatest of all sacraments. Here's how the Catechism puts it:
"In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist the body and blood,
together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and,
therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially
contained" (CCC, #1374).
In today's Gospel Reading, Jesus repeats six times in just seven
verses that his flesh is real food and his blood is real drink.
Every time an ordained priest pronounces the words of consecration
at Mass - when he says "this is my body... this is my blood"
- Jesus himself, in a mysterious, sacramental way, becomes truly
present under the appearances of bread and wine. This is what Jesus
taught, and what Catholics have believed since the very dawn of the
And so, every time Mass is celebrated, anywhere in
the world, a real miracle occurs. Just as Jesus turned water into
wine at the wedding feast in Cana, at every Mass he turns bread and
wine into his own body and blood. Only God can do that kind of
miracle. That's why although we know that it happens, we don't
understand exactly how it happens. Theologians can only describe
what happens. They call it "transubstantiation." This
means that during the Mass, the substance of the bread and wine are
changed into Christ's body and blood, but the appearance of bread
and wine remains the same.
This miraculous presence of Christ
explains why we give so much reverence to this greatest of all the
sacraments, the Eucharist. Our faith tells us that Christ is really
and truly present in the Eucharist. The question for us today is: Am
I really and truly present to the Real Presence?
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