Corpus Christi (Note & Bulletin + Novena)

Fr John’s Pastor’s Note for Corpus Christi was inadvertently run in last week’s Bulletin. However, in honour of this beautiful Feast, we are pleased to issue it once again.

As Human beings what do we want? While everyone would probably give different answers to this question, if we kept stripping away at it, we would find, that at the deepest level, what we want is to love and to be loved. When I think of the Eucharist, especially on a day in which we celebrate Corpus Christi, I can’t help but think of the Eucharist as the Sacrament of God’s love. In the early Church they decided that a person would receive the Eucharist in two hands, one placed over the other. The reason for this method is that it resembled how people at that time would have carried gold-dust, a thing of incredible wealth. And so, they said to themselves, “If that’s how we hold gold-dust because of its value, so too, should we hold the Eucharist in the same way because it is infinitely more valuable.” Its value comes from the fact that it is the Body of Christ and in what his Body reveals to us.

I’ve always been intrigued that Jesus tells us to celebrate the sacrament in memory of him. If God lacks nothing then why does God want us to do something in memory of him? I believe he wants us to do it in memory of him because he wants us to remember what he has done. And, what he has done helps us to see more clearly who God is and who we truly are. We remember that Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper, the night he allowed himself to be arrested and begin the Passion. So we remember that he gave himself out of love for us. It seems that from the heart of God there is an unquenchable desire and want that we know that we’re loved by him in a way that is even beyond our comprehension. We think we should be the ones who should offer sacrifice; that we should be the ones to make things right with God and to profess our love for him. And yet God does the opposite. He offers himself as sacrifice; he makes it right with us and professes his eternal love.

When we walk up the aisle of the church to receive Communion we bring our whole selves. We bring our lives which contain struggle and disappointment. We bring our faith that sometimes knows doubt. We bring our hearts that are so fearful that we have lost his love. In the Eucharist our God sees us and says,

“It’s alright, it’s okay. Come.” In the Eucharist our God says, “Remember who you are for me. I love you no matter what. I so love you that I give my very self.” In the Body and Blood of Christ we know in a concrete way that we are loved. And, as we come to know this more deeply we come to be filled more and more with his love and this makes us want one thing. It makes us want to love back. On this feast let us let ourselves be loved and let us love.

God Bless and Take Care!

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