Corpus Christi

Is Jesus the center of our lives? Do we make Him the guest in our hearts? Do we think about how He would handle the situations in our lives that challenge us? Do we remember Him in times of Joy and achievement? Do we follow the ways in which He taught us? Do we see Him in every person we meet? Do we recognize Him in those who make us angry or fearful? Do we see Him in our sisters and brothers who believe differently than we do? Is Jesus the center of our Lives? 

This week we celebrate Corpus Christi, the feast of the precious Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We do not celebrate a symbol; we celebrate the truth that the Holy Communion we partake of each week is the very body and blood of Jesus. His presence dwells within us.

When we celebrate Jesus, we celebrate His dwelling in each us and the call to bring His love to all we meet. When we raise up others, we raise up the Body of Christ and everyone benefits. Conversely and sadly, we sometimes forget that when we treat anyone badly, we turn our backs on Jesus, Himself. And when others fail to respect Jesus living in us, we know the pain and upset it causes.

The glorious feast of Corpus Christi is a beautiful reminder to start each day recognizing Him in our own hearts, and seeing Him in the hearts of others. In the words of Jesus, as relayed in John 6:51, we take refuge: "I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."

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