Corpus Christi: Chief Witnesses

From an early age, having chief witnesses to our life is a great blessing. Not having them is certainly a woe. Losing a chief witness is a deep loss from which some never recover. From early childhood, having loved ones nurture us, watch over and guide us and treat us like "movie stars" is part of the great gift of family.

When people are concerned with the tiniest detail of your life are there to cheer you on through life's joys and challenges, when they always show up in the proverbial "rain or shine," when they act as a sounding board for all of life's challenges—you count on these chief witnesses to get you through. As you get older, they may not agree with all of your decisions, but by being there, showing up and listening, they show you their love. No matter what, they abide and don't leave you. These witnesses might be narrowed down over time to just a couple or even one, but these people sustain us. In turn, we become a chief witness for others, and the gift goes through us.

In celebrating Corpus Christi, we honor the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Each time we attend Mass, we come to know Jesus in the Eucharist and He comes to us—the true Chief Witness, who unites our Christian family in Love. Getting close to Jesus should be a daily goal. It is part of our life journey. Jesus comes to us in and through the Eucharist and in sharing in these mysteries, we accomplish a great and wonderful thing—participating in the Body of Christ, and, as Saint Paul teaches: "Christ is the head of the body, the Church" (Colossians 1:18). We acknowledge Him as the chief of all witnesses and through His great love for us we have great cause for celebration. In celebrating the people in our lives who love us, we honor Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us and loves us through life and death. May His presence guide us forevermore.

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