Yesterday was the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (in the United States)! As I mentioned in last week’s blog, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi is an opportunity for us to celebrate in a special way, God’s Real Presence among us in the form of the Eucharist.
You may be wondering how exactly it is uniquely a celebration of the Eucharist. Isn’t every Mass we attend a Eucharistic celebration? While every Mass is indeed a Eucharistic celebration, on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi the focus of the readings from Sacred Scripture, the homily and even all of the music is meant to highlight the beauty and theology of the Blessed Sacrament. While it is very important to worship and adore the Eucharistic Lord, it isn't enough for our relationship with Him to be limited to a set of (very sacred) walls. God allows us to receive Him so that we can carry Him out to all the world! One beautiful tradition that many parishes participate in to identify this need is called a Eucharistic procession.
Traditionally Eucharistic processions on Corpus Christi have been opportunities to jubilantly and at the same time solemnly process with Jesus Christ in the Eucharist through the public streets of a city or neighborhood. These processions are a celebration of the Blessed Sacrament, while also being signs of God’s presence in the world and in our own lives. We declare that God is indeed God not just in our church walls but is God of all things and of every part of who we are.
Regardless of whether or not you had the opportunity to participate in a Eucharistic procession yesterday, spend a few minutes in silence today. In this silence offer to the Lord everything that you are; every part of you. Allow him to shine his light onto all of the dark corners in your heart which you otherwise have held on to so tightly. Allow the Lord’s light to shine through you and radiate throughout the world in which we live.
Lord, help us to refocus our hearts towards You. In receiving You so intimately in the Mass, help us to be Your presence to all those we encounter throughout the world. Help us to humble our hearts and to submit all parts of our lives to Your love and Your kingship.
Your brother on the journey,
Nick De La Torre