Saturday, June 9, 2012
June 10, 2012: Corpus Christi, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Isn't it a moving story? What is it about this story that moves us? Is it the father sacrificing his own time and comfort to become his son's eyes and feet so that his son can have a fuller life? Or is it the son who recognizes the hidden gifts of God in his handicap, who recognizes that everything, even challenges and setbacks are gifts from God. I think it's both.
Something of a similar yet more incredible and moving story takes place at every mass. The Heavenly Father's great desire to give a full life to His children handicapped by sin sends His Son, and the Son willingly sacrifices His Body and Blood for the atonement of the sins of His children. Although this sacrifice was done once for all on Calvary, mystically Our Lord is making real this sacrifice for each of us today as He says to us, "This is my body, given up for you...this is my blood which will be poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins." If we have the eyes to see it, we would see Jesus with incredible kindness and patience, offering every moment of His life for each of us, personally. Who can comprehend this love?
Every time we eat His Body and Blood, we become more like Him, becoming a disciple who intentionally chooses to set apart his or her preference and prefers another's need. Will your life be a reflection of whom you receive? Will you offer yourself as a sacrifice so that others may have a fuller life?