01 Jun Corpus Christi Sunday
Corpus Christi Sunday
Dear friends in Christ,
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, quoting St. Thomas Aquinas, states that the Eucharist is the “Sacrament of sacraments – all other sacraments are ordered to it as its end… The Eucharist is the Source and Summit of the Church’s life.”
Father Yves Congar explained: “The Eucharist is the sacrament of the redemptive mystery of the Cross which it symbolizes, celebrates, and makes present.” It is “the perfect sacrament of our incorporation with Christ.”
In their Passover celebration, the Jews ate the Paschal Lamb to commemorate the wonder of God’s deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. In the Eucharistic Celebration, we eat the Body and drink the Blood of Jesus, who becomes the new and definite Paschal Lamb for our deliverance from the slavery of sin and death.
The Eucharist is the most precious gift from heaven, it is God’s presence among us. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and may have it to the full.” According to the Church’s
Catechism, the Eucharist is “the sum and summary of our faith: Our way of thinking is attuned to the
Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.”
The Eucharist nourishes our relationship with God and others. With the Eucharist, Jesus makes the Church his sacrament of love and charity. Without the Eucharistic presence, Christianity would be simply reduced to a philosophy.
The Eucharist is the Mystery of our Faith. Those who celebrate the Eucharist frequently will recognize it for what it is: Jesus’ promised eternal inheritance.
Come to the Eucharist!