We celebrate another mystery of faith this weekend: The Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi. Some of you may remember having big procession around the church and even outside around town stopping at "home" altars. I remeber being part of this procession. Passerbys would wonder what this was all about. People were walking carrying the Monstrance with Jesus(the Host) in it under a big canapoy. We were expressing our faith in the Eucharist. For those who do not see with the "eyes of faith" we were a bunch of people blocking traffic.
The mysteries of faith are meaningless for those who do not have the "eyes of faith". To believe in the mysery of the Trinity or Body and Blood of Christ requires us to see with the "eyes of Faith" because it does not make sense to the human eye. When we see with the "eyes of Faith" we can recognize the host as thre body and Blood of Christ because our faith in God says so. We hear at every Mass that the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ as the Holy Spirit is called down upon them and the priest says the words of consecration. We believe in God and his Word. When Jesus said "This is my body and this is my blood" we believe what he said was true. Jesus gave it to us to nourish our faith. Like Melchizedek Jesus knows we need to be feed if we are to continue the battles of life. Abram was blessed by God through the blessings of Melchizedek. We are blessed by our participation in the Mass and reception of the Eucharist. We bless others as we carry Jesus into the world-our procession of life.
If we live the Body and blood of Christ within us people will see Christ in all we do and say. We may not feed thousands like Jesus did but we can change our little part of the world. We nourish others by allowing God to bless them through us. God is very generous with God's blessings if we cooperate.
Are we living as if we have the Body and Christ within us? Do we have the "eyes of faith" see Christ?
- Fr Lou Jaeger