Fr Vincent's reflections on Corpus Christi Sunday 2021
Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who is God, in order to remain with His Church until the end of time, miraculously makes Himself present in the Blessed Sacrament. Through the words of the priest, the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ becomes really present under the appearance of bread and wine. Whenever we receive Holy Communion, we consume our God so that we can be joined with Him here and prepared to be with Him forever in Heaven.
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Corpus Christ (June 6, 2021)
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. R/. Amen.
The Grace and Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
R/. And with your spirit.
On this Feast of Corpus Christi, 2021, let us pray:
O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament
have left us a memorial of your Passion,
grant us, we pray,
so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood
that we may always experience in ourselves
the fruits of your redemption.
Who live and reign with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever. R/. Amen.
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The Gospel today is Mark 14:12-16, 22-26.
✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
when they sacrificed the Passover lamb,
his disciples said to him,
“Where do you want us to go
and prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
He sent two of his disciples and said to them,
“Go into the city and a man will meet you,
carrying a jar of water.
Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house,
‘The Teacher says, “Where is my guest room
where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’
Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready.
Make the preparations for us there.”
The disciples then went off, entered the city,
and found it just as he had told them;
and they prepared the Passover.
While they were eating,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them, and said,
“Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them,
and they all drank from it.
He said to them,
“This is my blood of the covenant,
which will be shed for many.
Amen, I say to you,
I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine
until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Then, after singing a hymn,
they went out to the Mount of Olives.
The Gospel of the Lord. R/. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
God, the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity, to save humanity from sin, took on our flesh and blood; He became human to suffer and die for us. But Jesus loved us so much that He did not want to leave us. So, at his Last Supper, the Jewish Passover meal, He miraculously transubstantiated bread and wine into his Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, and ordained the Apostles to do this same prayer to make Him present time and time again. And so it has been from the Last Supper itself, that Jesus Christ, the everylasting God the Son, has made Himself present on every Mass altar whenever a priest prays His words making Him present once more. This is what we celebrate with Corpus Christi.
So many people, even some Catholics, have trouble believing in this miracle. These people think the words repeated by priests are just “words of memory,” like someone repeating the words of the Gettysburg Address. And because so many Protestant Churches have lost succession from the Apostles and the Last Supper, their ministers in fact are only repeating words of memory, believing it is only a symbolic act and not the miracle Jesus wanted it to be.
However, we know that the Catholic Church has maintained Apostolic Succession, so that each priest ordained to celebrate Mass knows that his words are truly the words of Jesus and that Jesus Himself becomes really present on the altar by the Divine Miracle of Transubstantiation. I don’t pretend to repeat the words of Jesus; I obey His command so that His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity take the place of the bread and wine so that Jesus keeps His promise to remain with us always until the end of the age! We touch God and God touches us in the Eucharist. That is an absolute fact of our faith.
That is why we must be conscious of our faithfulness in thought, word, and deed, so that we avoid sin and maintain our spiritual union with God, so we receive Jesus in holiness of soul and life. We don’t want to disrespect the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. It is why we are expected to keep all 10 Commandments, not just occasionally but always each and every day. God wants a living, permanent, relationship with us. The Eucharist itself helps us to be faithful to all God expects, so making the Eucharist our true Number One priority is the only way to stay connected to God. He feeds us and wants us to live in His love now, so we will live with Him for all eternity in Heaven.
And now, the final blessing.
The Lord be with you. R/. And with your spirit.
May the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, ✠ and the Holy Spirit,
come down on you and remain with you for ever. R/. Amen.