In today's feast we come to the Eucharist to celebrate the presence of Christ among us and recommit ourselves to following his example of compassion and justice towards others. The Eucharist is the living sign of our covenant with God. In this sacrament, the bread and wine are transformed by the Sprit of God into the Body and Blood of Christ. When we receive them, we become what we receive.
"While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it and gave it to them, and said, "Take it: this is my body." Then he took a cup, gave thanks and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many" (MK. 14:22-24). These are the words with which we remember our Lord, in the breaking of the bread. We are here to gain nourishment for our soul, to deepen our commitment to discipleship, we are here to hear the word of God, we are here to allow ourselves to draw closer to other believers who, like us, treasure the gift of the Holy Eucharist. Corpus Christi - not a city in Texas, but the centerpiece of our Christian life.
Reading a book I came across an interesting article that says that health experts tells us that without the sufficient amounts of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and fats in our diet we will not be healthy and we may even die. We are told to eat a variety of foods so that we get all the nutrients we need. We tend not to question the health experts that tell us all of this. We trust they know what they are talking about. There are others, like me, who seem to think that those who promote good nutrition are just trying to take all the fun out of life. The experts who tell us how to take care of ourselves can't help us much if we don't believe them or follow the suggestions they give us. Today's feast puts us in touch with another expert. Jesus. He tells us what we need to do to be healthy spiritually. Listen to Him!
Fr. Alex Urena