It is said that before Jesus died on the Cross, there are two very precious gifts that He left us behind: the Holy Eucharist as our spiritual Food and Drink on Holy Thursday and Jesus’ mother Mary as our mother on Good Friday. The importance of the Holy Eucharist is one that can’t be stressed enough. It is what makes the Catholic Church truly unique and authentic: our Lord left us the Sacrament which is a testament to His abiding presence as a loving God (Emmanuel, — God with us!). Through this Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, our Holy Mother Church reminds us to learn more about the importance and value of the “Real Presence” of Jesus so that we may appreciate the Sacrament better and receive maximum graces from receiving Him.
Every time I get on a plane, I still marvel at the thought of how man started flying, how man ever became wiser and devoted study in physics and astronomy. While it has become “easier” today, the very idea of how technology developed into what it is now still amaze me. However, while flying into space is easier from the point-of-view of mankind, it is still not for everyone. How much more “living” in space, which is only for a chosen few!
Astronaut Mike Hopkins is one of those selected few and spent six months on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2013. Initially though he was thrilled when he was chosen for a space mission, though there was one Person he didn’t want to leave behind: Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. He had been baptized a Catholic less than a year before his launch. He underwent Catechism, received the Sacraments, and thus after a long wait, was finally able to receive Our Lord through the Holy Eucharist. The mission into space gave him the prospect of being off the planet for half a year, he decided he had to find out if Jesus could travel with him. God works in mysterious ways, and He has a way of setting up people in your life who’ll turn out to be who you need to help. In Mike’s case, these people (many of them actually) helped him bring the Holy Eucharist to space! (http://www.ncregister.com)
Today, as we celebrate this important feast, let us celebrate our oneness with God every time we receive Holy Communion. In doing so, we bear Christ as Mary did, with the duty of bringing Him to others at home, in the workplace, and wherever we go through love, mercy, and humble service.
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread will live forever.” (Jn. 6: 51)