Happy and Blessed feast to all. Today we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi. Instituted by Pope Urban IV in 1264, this feast celebrates the Sacred Body and Blood of our Lord. Today, most especially, we pause to thank God for His most sacred and mysterious miracle of transubstantiation in the Holy Eucharist.
I had the privilege of serving this Mass at the Basilica of Holy Hill this morning. It was a glorious Mass, with the plumes of incense, the organ blaring, the choir chanting, the procession around the grounds, the beautiful weather, and the congregation shouting “Gloria in excelsis Deo.” We were all touched by the celebrant, Fr. Rocky (from Relevent Radio), and his homily. He told us to “go all out for God” and don’t hold back. He reminded us that God is never out-done in generosity. It was truly a moving sight, to see the pious faithful giving God the glory He is due. However, the true meaning of the feast hit me as Holy Communion was being distributed amongst the faithful. What was truly most glorious, and yet humble, was when a mere finite creature would receive his Infinite Creator. The priest would hold the Creator high above the creature’s head and with reverence say: “Corpus Christi,” to which the creature would reverently respond: “Amen,” and sticking out his tongue, now a consecrated altar of the Lord, receive his Lord into his body and soul. How glorious! This truly moved me.
Today, on the feast of Corpus Christi, let us remember Who it is that we receive and not forget that He is our Infinite Creator and we are His finite creatures. May we always receive Him with reverence, love, devotion, holy fear, and above all, faith in this most glorious and humble mystery.
Just A Note
I am going on retreat with some other young men discerning the call and some seminarians. However, this means that I will not be able to post anything new. Please check back about Wednesday and I shall hopefully be able to post something new. Your prayers for the success of this retreat would be most appreciated. Thank you!