Loving the Blessed Sacrament

Corpus Chrisit

In the month of June, we celebrate “Corpus Christi,” the Eucharist, which is – of course – literally the Body of Christ. The Eucharist is not a symbol of his body, it is not a corpse, it is the Body itself, living and breathing Christ, and therefore also his Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Receiving the precious Eucharist we receive the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity – that is the whole person of Christ. It is a sacrament so Sacred, requiring such humility on the part of Our Lord, that it surpasses our full understanding. However, do not let the Lord’s condescension to us prevent us from revering and honoring the Eucharist as perfectly and wholly as we can. Our Founder, Father Luigi Faccenda OFM Conv, has a few tips for us in honoring, really in loving, the Eucharist:

a) Participate with love and faith at the Holy Mass, “renovator” of the Cenacle and the cross. Mass: this has such great value that you leave better or worse.

b) Receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament every time it is possible, believing firmly in the promise of Christ: “Come to me, all you who are tired and oppressed, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28); “Because my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink…Whoever eats this bread will live forever” (Jn 6:55, 58).

c) Invoke Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament every time you pass in front of a church, and with the heart is sad and disheartened.

d) Make visits to churches and participate in hours of Adoration.

Notice these are not extraordinary things. These could be summarized by taking advantage of the amazing opportunity that awaits us in every Holy Mass and every tabernacle throughout the world. We take advantage of great deals, good weather, visits from friends, all the while our Greatest Friend is nearby…. Waiting. We receive him and forget about him, not making visits when we could or invoking his aid in our needs. This is not to criticize, but to rouse in our hearts an even greater devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. It is to remind us that we are so loved that Christ not only became man for us, but he remains in the Eucharist ready to be with you, and to heal you of your sins and more!

So, let us join together to make Corpus Christi not a single day, but an attitude and way of being that draws us ever closer to Our Lord in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Let us increase our hours of adoration, begin visiting lonely tabernacles, invoke his Holy Presence in our needs, and above all, worthily receive him during the Holy Mass.

Soul of Christ be my sanctification.
Body of Christ be my salvation.
Blood of Christ fill all of my veins.
Water from Christ’s side wash out my stains.
Passion of Christ my comfort be.
O Good Jesus listen to me,
in Your wounds I wish to hide,
never to be parted from Your side.
world without end, Amen.

Jillian Cooke