Sunday, June 14, 2009
Feast of Corpus Christi
Our present Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, tells us: "Jesus makes himself truly present in the Eucharistic Mystery, which is renewed on every altar. His is a dynamic presence that takes hold of us to make us his, to liken us to him. He attracts us with the force of his love, bringing us out of ourselves to be united with him, making us one with him."
I like the idea of the dynamic presence of Jesus taking hold of us to make us his and I know he attracts us with the force of his love. His love is eternal, without limits, unconditional, and Jesus waits for us to receive Him in the Eucharist to give us even more capacity to receive His love.
From the second Preface for this Feast: Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord. At the last supper, as he sat at table with his apostles, he offered himself to you as the spotless lamb, the acceptable gift that gives you perfect praise.
Christ has given us this memorial of his passion to bring us its saving power until the end of time.
In this great sacrament you feed your people and strengthen them in holiness, so that the family of mankind may come to walk in the light of one faith, in one communion of love. We come then to this wonderful sacrament to be fed at your table and grow into the likeness of the risen Christ...
This Preface contains the theology behind the Feast. Christ is the acceptable gift and the Eucharistic memorial of his passion does bring us his saving power; Jesus does feed and strengthen us. So let us come then to this wonderful sacrament to be fed at your table and grow into the likeness of the risen Christ!