Sunday, 23rd November 2014
Missionaries of the Sacred Heart

Scripture Reflection for Corpus Christi

Posted on 04. Jun, 2012

Fr. Con writes …

This time of year we celebrate Corpus Christi, the feast of the body and blood of Christ. You might wonder why a special day is set aside to celebrate this mystery when it is celebrated at each mass or Eucharist?

They say that familiarity breeds contempt and while contempt may be a bit strong perhaps familiarity breeds casualness when it comes to the Body and Blood of Christ.

I can remember when I was training to be a lay minister of the Eucharist at the grand old age of 18 being told that when I as a minister hold up the host before the person in front of me and say, “The Body of Christ”, that I am asked to acknowledge not just that the bread is the Body of Christ but that the person is the Body of Christ. Thus when we receive the Eucharist we are asked to acknowledge that we are the Body of Christ and that all the people around us are the Body of Christ.

Thus now I have developed the habit that whenever I bow to the tabernacle I also bow to all the people in the church or chapel. They are as much the Body of Christ and the Real Presence of Christ as the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle.

So maybe we need the feast of Corpus Christi to remind us of what we celebrate in each Eucharist.