The past four Sundays we celebrated several important solemnities and today, it is Corpus Christi Sunday. We’ve come full circle as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the cornerstone of our Faith. Have you imagined, what would it be like, without the Holy Eucharist? Obviously, our Church and our Faith would crumble, it would be totally devoid of meaning and significance.
Today, we celebrate the very gift that God gave us, the Best One He had planned after the Fall (of Adam and Eve). In those days, life was perfect, and our first parents had everything they wished for. God was talking with them until that moment when they succumb to the snake. There’s a saying that goes, “The best way to a man’s heart is through the stomach” and the devil knows that. He tempted Eve to partake of the forbidden fruit and lo and behold, mankind’s relationship with God was broken. Because of disobedience, we were separated from God and sin became second nature to us. We were no longer perfect and could no longer be in perfect unity with Him. It would take the Perfect Sacrifice to regain that unity with God so He could be truly become part of us again.
The readings today show how God initiated winning His people back, in the First Reading (Ex. 24: 3-8), Moses related to the Israelites the prescriptions of the Lord and the people all answered with one voice, “We will do everything that the LORD has told us.” But the animal sacrifices won’t be enough and God has to send the ultimate sacrifice — His Only Son, Jesus Christ.
As St. Paul said in the Second Reading,
“For if the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkling of a heifer’s ashes can sanctify those who are defiled so that their flesh is cleansed, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.” (Heb. 9: 11-15)
Yet, Jesus sacrificial death on the Cross wasn’t enough. While it may seem weird that we have to consume Him through His Most Holy Body and Blood instituted in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, it is actually the ONLY way to be reunited with Him. The Lord transformed ordinary bread and wine into His Most Holy Body and Blood in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. We are to partake of it, as He commanded in the Gospel, “Take it; this is my Body.” (Mk. 14: 12-16, 22-26)
Jesus redeeming and inspiring presence is always there in the Holy Tabernacle, constantly renewing His undying love for us. Yes, we are always struggling with our lives but God’s goodness through Christ’s Holy Body and Blood can help us get through. We have to persevere and in humility recognize that without Him, we can do nothing.
Thus, we have to give glory and respect to God by preparing ourselves to be worthy in receiving Him during Holy Communion. We have to be spiritually prepared by cleansing ourselves through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He deserves no less, since the Holy Eucharist is Him, we must see IT with the eyes of faith and trust. We can’t be perfect but He knows our desires of reuniting with Him. Our worship must be very deep and profound, just as the Saints and Angels do in Heaven. And He will understand.
So the next time we approach Him in Holy Communion, let us bow down before Him in total reverence and respect, calling upon His name in thanksgiving and gratitude, for giving us the Best Gift Ever.
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread will live forever.” (Jn. 6: 51)