This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Corpus Christi or the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. This celebration was formally established in the 13th Century in order to promote reverence for the Holy Eucharist. Holy Mass is the Summit of all our worship! This brings us together as a Community of believers, as one Family of God, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the New High priest in the order of Melchizedek of old whose name is menoned the 1st Reading from Genesis. There is a clear Parallel between the Sacrifice of Melchizedek and that of the Holy Eucharist. The Multiplication of the Bread and fish in today’s Gospel, is a foreshadowing of the Holy Eucharist which Jesus was to institute before his death. Just as Jesus satisfied the Physical hunger of people, he feeds us also Spiritually with His Body and Blood in the Eucharist. Whenever we gather together to offer the Eucharist, what happens is that we become ONE Body in Christ.
Just as we transform ordinary food into our own bodies, so also the food of the Eucharist transforms us into the Body of Christ. If we truly believe that it is Jesus whom we receive in the Holy Communion, then the Eucharist should transform us into images of Christ to the world.
Happy Feast of Corpus Christi.
Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS