Reflection for the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

St. Pius X | News
12 Jun 2020

Today’s feast 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.  The Eucharist proclaims that Christ died for our sins so that we might have life and salvation.  The Son of God could not have given us a greater proof of his love.  In our struggle to find purpose, the Eucharist is of great help because it is an invitation to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.  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.  The Eucharist means to live as brothers and sisters of Jesus.   There is no way we can offer ourselves to God in the Eucharist and not try and love our neighbor who has failed us during the week.  For God to love through us we must try to be loving also.  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.