Feast of Corpus Christi
Eating and drinking with Jesus was a central experience of the disciples. The early Christian Community began to come together to celebrate a memorial of Jesus’ death and resurrection in a communal meal. The 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
Do this in memory of me.
I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord
In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
The great challenge today is to convert the sacred bread into real bread, the liturgical peace into political peace, the worship of the Creator into reverence for the Creation, the Christian praying community into an authentic human fellowship. It is risky to celebrate the Eucharist. We may have to leave it unfinished, having gone first to give back to the poor what belongs to them.
A celebration could be perfect from an aesthetic point of view — it can be beautiful — but if it does not lead us to an encounter with Jesus Christ, it risks not giving any nourishment to our hearts and lives. There must be coherence between our Eucharist and our lives.
Christian eucharistic practice, when understood and lived in all its depth, is capable of sustaining an ongoing conversion to a personal and loving stance before the rest of creation. It does not provide answers to the practical questions that confront us, but it does offer a motivation and a genuinely ecological ethos.
Sacraments are about empowerment, leading us into a story that can empower us, challenge us, by ritualizing the wonder of who we are, but also the challenge to give witness.
If we do the action of the Eucharist well then we understand that God loves us, but also that we must love one another.
Bishop Thomaas Gumbleton