Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

St. Pius X | News
16 Jun 2017

The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ is a day when we pay special homage to the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. This solemnity is a splendid opportunity to reflect on God’s most striking gift to us and a timely reminder to renew our faith and deepen our appreciation of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. He is the living bread sent down from heaven as food for our souls to satisfy our deepest spiritual hunger. As pilgrims on the road of life we suffer from many hungers but the greatest hunger of all is the yearning for a deeper meaning to life. In our struggle to find purpose, the Eucharist is of great help because it is an invitation to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. By setting out on the road he travelled and by doing our utmost to imitate his life of caring and sharing we are gradually brought to see the importance of placing the common good of people before our own self-interest. If sharing in the Eucharist is to mean more than going to Mass and providing nourishment for our own private spiritual lives, we must rise above the divisions and injustices of society which keep us apart and prevent us forming a closer bond within the community. This will mean opening the doors of our hearts and of our homes and accepting people as they are. In our daily rounds, we are asked to forgive, overlook weaknesses and understand the failure of friends especially when they hurt us. We are to go out and touch the lives of others, to be the healing presence, the helping hand, the voice of sympathy and words of encouragement when they are needed. In this way we will be shaped and formed by what we celebrate.