Dear Parish Family,
Whoever eats this Bread will live forever! Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ — Corpus Christi. Today we celebrate in a very special way that core tenet of our faith: that when we receive Holy Communion we in fact receive the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. We receive God.
This is a claim that would be ludicrous if it rested on human authority for its truth. But as we see in today’s Gospel, this claim does not depend on human authority. Jesus Christ, the only Son of God and the second person of the Blessed Trinity, teaches us that the statement is true. Christ said, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.”
This is a magnificent gift; it is a gift that none of us merits, and yet God gives it to us. But it is a gift that comes at a price, as we are called to become what we consume. Through the reception of Holy Communion, we receive the grace that we need to carry Christ with us into the world and to transform the world in His holy image.