Feast of Corpus Christi
The early Christian Community began to come together and celebrate a memorial of Jesus’ death and resurrection in a communal meal. Eating and drinking with Jesus was a central experience of the disciples. The Christian community experienced the life-giving presence of Jesus the Christ in the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the cup. The presence of God in Jesus became central to the ritual life of the early Christians. Their experience of God in Jesus called the community to share in the life of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit. By its very nature the Christian community is called to ritualize its faith in and its witness to Jesus.
Jesus in the Universe Story, Cletus Wessels, OP
Lord, we do this in memory of you.
Reflect on the fact that we are the body of Christ for one another.
For as often as you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes
1 Cor 11:26
This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.
The Eucharist is the sacrament of the communion that takes us out of our individualism so that together we live our discipleship, our faith in him.
The word “Eucharist” means literally “act of thanksgiving.” To celebrate the Eucharist and to live a Eucharistic life has everything to do with gratitude. Living Eucharistically is living life as a gift, a gift for which one is grateful. But gratitude is not the most obvious response to life, certainly not when we experience life as a series of losses! Still, the great mystery we celebrate in the Eucharist and live in a Eucharistic life is precisely that through mourning our losses we come to know life as a gift.
Henri J.M. Nouwen
What happened once I started distributing communion was the truly disturbing, dreadful realization about Christianity: You can’t be a Christian by yourself.”
From the Eucharist comes strength to live the Christian life and zeal to share that life with others.
Pope John Paul II