Dt. 8:2-3, 14b-16a
I Cor 10:16-17
We all need food to live. Very often, when we partake of a meal, we say that we are “breaking bread.” In their journey to the Promised Land, God supplied manna to the Israelites to meet their physical needs. He provided precisely enough to satisfy their hunger for each day’s trek. Our journey is to a different “Promised Land.” God knew that we couldn’t do it alone, so as any loving Father would do, He gave us the Eucharist to strengthen us and satisfy our spiritual hunger.
Throughout our lives, if we were raised Catholic, we were taught reverence for the Eucharist. But “reverence” is not enough. Do you truly believe the Eucharist is Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Most Holy Trinity? Sadly, only 30 percent of U.S. Catholics today do believe in the Real Presence.
As we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, may we appreciate and value even more the privilege of participating in the Eucharistic Liturgy and sharing in the true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ to sustain us on the journey of life. Fed with this Food from Heaven, we are nourished to continue the mission of Jesus Christ in our families, workplaces, parishes, and communities. This is our Christian calling – to bring Christ to others and to be Christ for others.
Sister Marcella Louise Wallowicz, CSFN