REFLECTION, for June 10th, 2012, FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI,- FEAST OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF THE LORD. and the beginning of the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, Ireland. ‘Communion with Christ, and with one another’
‘In the struggle, it was hard contemplating the luxurious ecstasy of God in the fields or on the Altar. Yet they did.’ (Patrick Kavanagh, ‘Tarry Flynn’)
‘Take and eat, this is my body, given for you.’
‘Take and drink,- this is my blood, poured out for you’
Were the disciples in the Upper room bewildered by these words of the Master? Yes. Bewildered, but yet filled with joy. And so are the disciples of every generation and nation,- bewildered, yet filled with joy. The Master has spoken these words to us, and shared himself, completely, physically, mystically, with us. Heavenly Bread has become the Bread of the Poor. We, the poor, are ‘bewildered, yet full of joy’.
The Feast of ‘Corpus Christi’ was instituted to help the universal Church to continually grow in appreciation of and wonder at the gift that is the Body and Blood of the Lord,- through prayers, hymns, practices, reflection, celebration, adoration. The Risen Lord, with all his wounds in hands, feet and side, is the One we meet face to face, and receive into our hearts and lives and souls and community, at the Breaking of Bread. One with Him, we become One with each another. We pray in Eucharistic Prayer 3 ‘Grant that we, who are nourished by the Body and Blood of your Son and filled with his Holy Spirit, may become one body, one spirit in Christ.’
‘Communion with Christ, and with one another’- is how the Eucharist Congress says it.
‘The Disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord,’- in the flesh, in the breaking of bread, and in one another.
Our Eucharistic Congress is a great occasion to highlight this mystery of faith, to celebrate it in many ways, and to make a song and dance about this Wonderful Gift,- this ‘Eu- Charis’ in Greek, this Breaking of Bread, this Mystery of Faith.
You are invited to Live the Week, in whatever way you can, in your home and community, parish and neighbourhood,- and in your own personal prayer. Live ‘Communion with Christ and with one another’, wherever you are.
‘And Mary treasured all these things in her heart.’ Luke 2:19
Visit section Soul Food for the Hungry, for 4 Eucharistic Hymns by St. Thomas Aquinas,- Panis Angelicus, O Sacrum Convivium, O Salutaris Hostia, Adoro Te Devote.