Feast of Corpus Christi
The Body and Blood of Christ
May 29, 2016
As we receive the Eucharist we enter into Jesus’ gift of self. The word Eucharist comes from the Greek - thanksgiving. We are both giving and grateful. As we ask to be transformed into the same gift for others our joy deepens, a joy so deep that we are sustained in our worst suffering.
Paul’s letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 11:23-26) insists that the Eucharist can never distinguish between people either at the Lord’s table or at any time. One of the reasons St. Elizabeth Bailey Seton and Dorothy Day became Catholic is because they saw the poor and the rich side by side in church.
On the night before he died, Jesus gave us his body and blood and said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” We do this in remembrance of Jesus. Not only the bread and wine that is his body and blood, blessed, broken and shared, but we too are blessed and broken and shared in remembrance of him.
I remember Mass in the back yard of a derelict building 6 minutes from my house in North East Rochester. Folks had removed flooring, walls and wires working to rebuild the place to become a needed neighborhood health clinic. Dumpsters loaded with debris surrounded worshipers as the priest raised the host while saying, “This is my body.” A broken window behind the raised host reflected our own brokenness, blessed and shared. That clinic is still sharing more than years later.
Deni Mack, DMin