Feast of the Most holy Body and Blood of Christ
Sunday, June 19, 2022
St. Augustine Catholic Church
(Take this. It is my body. Take This. It is my Blood. As often as you do this, it is in memory of ME.)
Today we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi which has other names, such as, the Holy Eucharist, the Bread of Angels, the Food of our Soul, the Bread of Eternal Life, and when taken to a dying person, it is called the Viaticum.
It was on the day of the Last Supper that Jesus, sitting with his twelve Apostles, took bread, said the blessing, and gave it to his disciples and said, “This is my body”. Then he took the wine, and said, “This is my blood. As often as you eat and drink this in my name, you do it in memory of Me”. This is exactly what we do at Mass. At consecration of the bread, which no longer remains bread, it becomes the Body of Christ and the wine becomes the Blood of Christ. We then receive it as Holy Communion or by the names enumerated above. So this is Christ giving Himself to the entire Catholic world as our spiritual food in perpetuity or as he said, ‘until He comes again.’
What effects do we derive when we receive Communion? The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us, it gives us four effects:
- It brings us closer to our Lord Jesus Christ.
- It fills us with sanctifying grace.
- It diminishes inclination to sin.
- It is a pledge to eternal glory.
May those points of its effects sink into our hearts. Amen.