The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

St. Pius X | News
21 Jun 2019

The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi was instituted to focus special attention on the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. It is a celebration of the generosity of the Lord to us, in offering himself as food to satisfy our spiritual and material hunger as we journey through life.  On this day, the church makes us sit down, stop and consider the great miracle of God’s presence among us. But this feast is not only about the Eucharist ~ it is also about the community that assembles to celebrate the Eucharist.  Hospitality is at the heart of the gospel message.  If our hearts are not open and ready to share with those in need in our ordinary life we cannot be united in our celebration. There is no way we can offer the Eucharist and not reach out to the poor as Jesus did.  It is the daily life that we live during the week that gives us something to bring to the community at our weekend celebrations.  By living lives of service for others, we begin to appreciate what the Eucharist is all about.  It sends us out to touch the lives of neighbors as the healing presence of a helping hand or a sympathetic voice, changing despair into hope and suspicion into trust. The very fact that we celebrate this feast indicates that we are a people of thanksgiving, a community which knows how to praise God for the basic gifts of life, family, friends, food and clothing.  And above all we thank God because of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.