Sunday, May 25, 2008

Corpus Christi

Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is so pivotal to our Faith as it focuses on the doctrine of the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. As Catholics, we believe that Jesus is fully and truly present in the bread and wine. It actually becomes the true Body and true Blood of Christ after it has been consecrated. It is a wonderful and powerful teaching of the Church as it reminds us that there is Grace in the Sacrament. Through it we receive forgiveness of sins and are given strength to live in holiness.

But unfortunately, as with so many things, greater numbers of Catholics are losing faith in this critical doctrine. They do not believe Jesus is truly present. Therefore they do not take attendance at Mass very seriously. In fact, in many cases, they just stay away from Mass altogether.

Catholics have the opportunity to receive Christ in the Eucharist every Lord's Day, and in most places, every day. In the midst of the various trials we face in our lives today, this is a most precious offering. Jesus is present to His people. He comes to us to aid us in the things we encounter. With such a remarkable opportunity, why do we pass it up?

It is my prayer this day, and always, that God will open our eyes to see the power of this Sacrament. May we come to see Jesus and may we be continually changed through the Grace of Jesus in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist!

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