There are many people today who do not believe in the Feast we are celebrating this weekend. In fact there are many Christians who do not believe in the dogma that we are privileged to be part of this weekend—the Eucharist as the Body and Blood of Christ! Yet from as early as 53 AD we have St. Paul telling the Christian communities, “Brothers and sisters: the cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?” St. Paul obviously knew this was not just a symbol; it was the real deal. How did he know that? Because Jesus, himself, says “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread, will live forever.” Jesus used words that literally described the bread as human flesh so much so that it grosses the Jewish people out! The Gospel says they quarreled among themselves.
Do you believe this? It is a basic of our Catholic faith—that at the consecration the bread and wine become the actual Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. We who are privileged to receive this weekly (or even daily) should never take it for granted. Jesus says this bread will allow us to live forever. Rejoice in the gift of Eucharist on this Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Jesus.