Corpus Christi and goodbyes
Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ –the day given by us to the Church to thank God for the institution of the Blessed Eucharist at the Last Supper, when Christ established the saving memorial of the Cross, offering himself to God our Father in the Holy Spirit as the unblemished Lamb of God, whose sacrifice takes away the sins of the world and whose Resurrection prefigures our own.
The Mass is the beginning and end of our week; Christ is present at Mass in the assembly, the priest, the Scriptures and most especially in the Eucharist, in which the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ is truly, really and substantially contained. In the Mass, the Eucharistic Celebration, we listen to God’s Word, offer ourselves in worship and are fed with Christ’s Body and Blood so that we may glorify him with our lives. In the Eucharist, Christ is fully alive in his mystical body, the Church so that we may be fully alive in him, our Head – in Holy Communion, we are nourished by him, so that we may become one body, one spirit in Christ; in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, whether in Exposition or our Tabernacles, we repay him in our worship:
“The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith. Let our adoration never cease.” (John Paul II, Dominicae cenae 3)
… to those who are leaving for the summer holidays: have a great break and come back in September refreshed. And to those who are leaving for good: thank you for being with us, and all the very best for your future. Don’t forget us, and you’re always welcome to come to see us. Our community has been graced by your presence, and you will soon be gracing new parishes and communities with yours. University is a great place to be – it’s a truly important time for you to learn to be an adult, and for your parents to let go of you. Jesus came so that we may have life to the full – go and glorify him with your life!