13. Jun, 2019

Corpus Christi

Various saints have had a particular devotion to our Lord's presence in the Blessed Sacrament. St John Vianney tells the story of a man who spent hours every day in church. He asked him what he does during those hours. The reply was “He looks at me and I look at Him!” These Saints of the Eucharist remind us that in the sacrament of the altar we have a privileged access to the Saviour’s heart which burns with love for us. This guy obviously just bathed in that Love.

Our Lord could have chosen to stay with his Church in some fearsome dazzling manifestation. But instead he chose to remain with us in the humble forms of bread and wine. Amazing, He wants also to be our food for the journey.

The solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi, allows us to return to the upper room of Holy Thursday to savour for a further moment this gift of Himself: His Body, Blood, soul and divinity present in the blessed Eucharist.

As we celebrate this feast, let's resolve appreciate this gift more fervently; to take our place each Sunday at the table of the Eucharist and to prepare well to receive our Lord worthily so that through our participation in the sacred mysteries we may truly become what we receive.

On this point, Pope Benedict XVI reminds us that participation in the Eucharistic Sacrifice should guarantee that our daily life is marked by “the concrete practice of love” (Deus Caritas Est). This is because of the moral transformation inherent in Eucharistic Communion that comes from (1) discovering God’s love at work in our hearts through the intimate joining of our life with His, as well as (2) our participation in the Eucharistic Sacrifice itself.

How sad would it be if the bread and wine changed—and we didn’t?

Parts of this homily are taken from “Feast of Corpus Christi - Two-Minute Homily: Fr Adrian Sharp” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3FLpwj8380

On the feast of Corpus Christi last year each parish in Australia launched the 2020 Plenary Council. We were asked to listen to what the Spirit is saying in Australia, responding to the question “What do you think God is asking of us at this time?”

More than 222,000 people participated in listening and dialogue encounters and contributed 17,457 submissions during the first stage of preparation for the Australian Plenary Council.

The six National Themes for Discernment that emerged from the data call us toward the future. In these six ways God is calling us to be a Christ-centred Church in Australia that is:

  • Missionary and Evangelising
  • Inclusive, Participatory and Synodal
  • Prayerful and Eucharistic
  • Humble, Healing and Merciful
  • A Joyful, Hope-Filled and Servant Community
  • Open to conversion, Renewal and Reform.

Please visit https://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/themes/about-the-themes/ to learn more.