Today we celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ – or Corpus Christi. It is a day when we celebrate and reflect upon the Eucharist which Vatican II referred to as the Source and Summit of the Christian life. There was a time in the Church when so few people were being fed by the Eucharist that the Church had to make a law saying that Catholics were obliged to receive Communion at least once a year. Even in the beginning of the 20th century people went to Communion very seldom. There was a heresy at that time called Jansenism which told people that they were unworthy to receive Communion unless they went to Confession first. The Eucharist was held in such high respect that people stayed away. Now many people have lost their belief in Christ’s presence in the Eucharist and consequently they stay away too. They stay away in the sense that it’s too much trouble to come to Mass. It seems to me as if the devil tries every trick he can to keep people away from Communion. Either he tells us that it is so sacred we shouldn’t receive it or he tells us there’s nothing worth going there for anyway. At the Last Supper Jesus told his Apostles (and us!) to “…Do this in memory of me.” Don’t let anything keep us from Mass and from receiving Holy Communion – the source and summit of what we do as Catholics. God bless!
Following the WORD OF GOD
Created: July 23, 2004 St. Rosalie Catholic Church