Sunday, June 6, 2010

Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus

Today the church celebrates the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus.

Formerly known as corpus Christi, this feast honors Jesus present in the Eucharist. It emphasizes the teaching of the Church in the Real Presence of Jesus under the form of bread and wine. Holy Communion is not receiving a symbol of Jesus but receiving the sacramental Jesus truly present on the altar after the Consecration of the Mass. The Gospel of John (Chapter 6), St. Paul (1 Corinthians, Chapter 11) and the constant tradition and teaching of the church is quite clear on this.

Jesus comes to us in the Holy Communion as the bread of life to nourish us in our journey to eternal life. May we always receive Holy Communion with reverence, devotion and gratitude.

— Monsignor Gerald McSorley

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