Reflection for the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

St. Pius X | News
18 Jun 2022

Today, all over the world, congregations like ours are coming together to celebrate in a great act of common worship. The Gospel reading tells us of the simple beginnings of the Mass, how Jesus, on the night he was to be betrayed, celebrated the Eucharist, his final meal, with his disciples. He took time to eat this meal with them so that they could share in and be part of his work. By doing what Jesus himself did on that occasion we experience repeatedly his real presence among us. With the gifts of bread and wine we bring what we are and what we have as an offering to the Lord. This feast provides us with the opportunity to give thanks for God’s hospitality to us, the supreme and final gift of his love. We remember with gratitude the promise he made to be with his friends and followers as their food and nourishment in their pilgrimage through life. As we gather to celebrate in the Eucharist, what in turn is demanded of us is that we share the Eucharist with others, for we make our earthly pilgrimage as a community and not as isolated individuals. The celebration of the Eucharist is the great festival of the Church, the centre from which all grace flows. We bring to it all the possibilities, desires and longings of our existence. To have time for God and to give ourselves to him is an important expression of our faith.