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Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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1 Corinthians 11:23-26…

On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, we celebrate the gift of the Eucharist:

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.  -1 Corinthians 11:23-26, NAB

This feast day is also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which is Latin for Body of Christ.  We are honoring the Eucharist, which helps us to celebrate Christ’s sacrifice on the cross in a very real way.

The Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament, is an important part of our Christian life. The sacraments help to make an invisible God more visible, and Holy Communion is our chance of making that happen on a weekly, if not daily, basis.  Each Sunday, we hear similar words during the Liturgy of the Eucharist, specifically the Consecration of the Bread and Wine.  This special moment helps to connect us today with the work of Christ from two millennia ago.

Without the Eucharist, would we have the same connection to the body and blood of Christ?  Can we still grasp Christ’s sacrifice without it?

Prior to becoming Catholic, I saw Communion as a representation of Christ’s sacrifice.  Unfortunately, this casual view led to an overly casual Christian life.  Honestly, I was more focused on what Jesus could do for me today than I was with the ultimate gift He already gave me at the cross.

Now, I can see the Eucharist for what it really is: Christ’s sacrifice made real for us today.  I can focus on Christ’s gift to me today, and that gift is salvation.  Regardless of any other blessings that may come my way, no gift is greater or more important.

As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, take time to reflect on the precious gift of the Eucharist – the source of strength for the entire Catholic Church.

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