Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
The Scripture passages for today’s Solemnity of Corpus Christi center on the profound mystery of bread and wine consecrated into the Body and Blood of Christ. The First Reading from the Book of Deuteronomy prefigures the Eucharist by describing the epic story of the Lord God’s gift of manna to the Israelites. This manna nourishes them in the wilderness. Both St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthian community and the Gospel from St. John support the real, true, and substantial presence of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ in Holy Communion. Jesus especially stresses this fact in St. John’s Gospel, proclaiming: Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. Our Lord promises eternal life, and His words bring hope, comfort, strength, and peace, even in the most challenging times. By regularly partaking in the Eucharist, faith-filled stewards draw closer to Jesus. To satisfy your hunger for Christ, accept His invitation to attend Mass every Sunday and on weekdays, whenever possible, to receive Communion.