Corpus Christi means “Body of Christ”. It is an important solemnity as we celebrate His presence in the Eucharist as the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, whole and entire in His glorified state.
In the Gospel of Luke the account of the feeding of the 5000, the only miracle recorded in all 4 Gospels where Jesus acknowledges the need of the crowd and shows them compassion. He makes them welcome, speaks to them about the kingdom of God and heals the sick. This attitude of Jesus contrasts with that of the Twelve, who are insistent that the crowd be sent away. Jesus tells the Twelve to ‘give them something to eat yourselves.’
Looking deeper at the action of Jesus in the narrative of the miracle we are clearly being prepared for the Last Supper. The miracle of the multiplication of loaves, then, not only look back to God’s past provision for the people, such as the manna in the desert, but also points to the Eucharist and the self giving of Christ on the cross.
We do not partake of a symbol, the Eucharist is truly the Lord. We are certain it is neither a ‘piece of His flesh, it is Jesus Christ, whole and entire. At the Last Supper, Jesus took bread and he gave thanks, broke it and gave it to his Apostles. He said “This is my body which is given for you, do this in remembrance of me”. Likewise, the cup after they had eaten, saying to his disciples “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you” (Luke 22:19-20)
Our Lord, Jesus, was broken for us and he asks us to give ourselves to others by ‘breaking’ ourselves as it were for others.
In the old days, people began to sacrifice animals to try and give some of that gift back to God and to show sorrow when they had sinned. We do not do this anymore as God told us not to and also made Jesus the sacrifice to end all sacrifices. His blood took away all of our sins and was the perfect gift to God in response to the gift of life that God gives us.
Similarly, as the Apostles, we are required to go out into all of the difficult situations in the world and to take Jesus with us for Jesus said that He is with us until the end of time.
When we say “Amen” before receiving Holy Communion, we are saying Yes to Him. Say “Amen” again and again to the Eucharist in your daily life.
With Praise & Thanks
Jackie & Geraldine