Rev. Stanley M. Moczydlowski, M.B.A., M. Div. (Fr. Stan)
June 22/23, 2019
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ- Corpus Christi - a day on which we give thanks to God for the very gift of His very self. Our Lord comes to us as real food for the journey, real nourishment. For Catholics, this is at the very heart of who we are as a faith community. If I asked each of you what is the meaning of Eucharist or what is important about it, or what is its “purpose,” I would probably get many different, although somewhat similar, answers.
Some might say, “It’s all about God wanting to be close to us.” Others, “To give us strength and comfort for our journey as disciples.” Some might say, “It’s the most perfect blessing God can give us.” Others, “It’s so that we can be filled with His grace.”
All of these are true, but one particular sentiment that is essential to our understanding of this sacred meal as Catholics is this: Eucharist is food for us, so that we can be food for others.Our reception of this sacrament is not the end of this holy experience. It is only the beginning, only the stepping-off point to a life lived not for ourselves, but for others. As Catholics, we receive the Body of Christ in order to be the Body of Christ; not simply in the privacy of our rooms, or in church, but in the world.
And so, when we hear the Lord telling his apostles, “Give them some food yourselves,” we must also hear him saying those same words directly to each of us - in this time and place - urging us to give others the food that He gives us. Put simply, God feeds us with the most precious food there is, His very self, and invites us to feed others with that same food; the food of kindness, mercy, generosity, compassion, love. That’s the food of which the world is in desperate need. That’s the food we receive at this sacred table.
Yet, like the apostles, we often think we don’t have enough, don’t have what it takes to do what the Lord Jesus is asking us to do. “But Jesus, five loaves and two fish are all I have. I don’t have enough patience, I don’t have enough humility, I don’t have enough compassion, I don’t have enough forgiveness, I don’t have enough love.”
own, we don’t have enough; that much is true, but we are not alone. God can do
so much with little (even the sinful me and the sinful
you), making the impossible,
possible.He feeds us so that we can feed others. He shares His life
with us so that we can share our lives with others. And, He pours out His life
for us and into us so that we, in turn, can pour out our lives on behalf of each
person who needs a little help, a little kindness, a little comfort, a little
forgiveness, a little love.