The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
June 22/23, 2019
Today, we observe the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. This beautiful feast celebrates the gift of the Eucharist, which the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches is the source and summit of our Christian faith. “For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ Himself” (CCC 1324).
The very word, Eucharist, means “thanksgiving” or “gratitude,” and so this feast is especially meaningful to all of us who are striving to live as grateful stewards of all God’s blessings to us. Surely the Eucharist is the greatest of all blessings because it is not only from God; it is God, the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Today’s second reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians reminds us of the depths of love our Lord has shown us in the gift of the Eucharist. It recalls Christ’s words at the very first Eucharistic celebration. “The Lord Jesus… took bread, and, after He had given thanks, broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you.’” In that moment, and at every celebration of the Mass after that, Jesus gives us His very Self in the act of complete humility and perfect love. How can we possibly show our gratitude for such a sublime gift?
We can receive the gift of the Eucharist with the greatest possible reverence and love. Moreover, following our Lord’s example, we can give ourselves generously to others in the week ahead.