JUNE 19, 2022

Many people have memories of the Corpus Christ procession when the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament was brought around the parish.
All groups in the parish were represented. Children scattered petals before the host and houses were decorated.
The meaning of the feast was to bring the Lord into the streets of his people and to appreciate the gift he gives us of himself in the Eucharist. 

On Holy Thursday we also celebrate the Eucharist, but in another way It is more of the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary. We unite ourselves with his offering that brought him to death, and look forward to the resurrection when the risen Lord would be present in many ways among people, including in the form and shape of bread and wine.
On the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, the emphasis is more on gift than on sacrifice.

This is what he wishes to leave us as a gift forever. It is the way he could give himself forever in a very close way, so that this is his gift of ‘food for the journey’.

We need this gift. We need to know certainly that God is close with us in life, and the Eucharist at Mass gives us this certainty. We need to know that God is really present in our lives, and we know this in the real presence of the Eucharist.

GLord in this Eucharist today I welcome you into my life;
help me to live like you and love like you.

Donal Neary S.J.