Grace to you and Happy Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ!
On this special day, I reflect on the Eucharist as the best gift to us.
You may have received gifts from people. You were probably excited about the gifts. You noticed this one gift was special in many ways. It may not be because it was more expensive than others. It may not even be because it was stunning. Rather, the gift seemed to communicate to you a weird feeling that the giver gave an aspect of himself or herself to you. The person went all out to pour themselves into the gift. In strange ways, the gift conveyed one aspect or another of the giver. Such a gesture gripped you with unusual delight.
There are gifts. There is gift. Gift, true gift, is an extension of the giver. In a true gift, there is heartfelt intentionality. There is sacrifice too. It isn’t a handout. It is a pouring of an aspect of self. That is why such gift grips. It’s a treasure.
When gifts communicate the giver or some qualities of the giver, they are a delight. Less of the giver in the gift, is less of the preciousness of the gift. More of the giver in the gift is more of the worth of the gift.
In the Eucharist, we have the most excellent of gifts. It is the gift. The Lord Jesus Christ, the giver of the gift, didn’t leave us texts and paintings on the parchment of wood. He didn’t send or message us our favorite emojis or greet our morning with fun tweets. The Lord didn’t just provide us perishable food to eat, such as when he fed thousands (Lk 9:11-17; Jn 6:1-21). Certainly, he didn’t bequeath us with gifts borrowed from others or bought outside of himself. Instead he gave us the most precious of gifts—himself.
This gift isn’t a mere mental process or astral experience. It isn’t a spiritual enlightenment or a mystic encounter with the force of nature. Rather, the Lord makes himself present to us in a manner in which we can consume him as food and drink him as wine. By so doing, he lives in us and we live in him. We become the new person having been permeated by the Lord’s being himself.
As God who creates things out of nothing, Christ gives himself to us in the manner he knows best for us to be saved. It is in this manner we become intimate with him.
He promised to give us his body and blood for food. This food, Bread of Life, is ultimate satisfaction for the soul. It wells unto eternal life. The Lord used many metaphors to let us understand he means business. You may read the incredible promise in the Gospel of John 6:22-71.
The Lord did as he said he would. This gift is the Eucharist, “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Lumen Gentium,11. See also Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324). What an excellent gift to receive.
I unite with the Church in saying, THANK YOU LORD for giving us your life as food.
Today, you may want to take a few moments of your time to thank the Lord for giving you the best gift—the gift of himself in the form of bread and wine. Let your heart lift up in praise and adoration to the Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Thank you, Jesus, for loving me and giving yourself to me as food and life. May my life be a constant praise, gratitude and thanksgiving (Eucharistic) to you who love and gave yourself to me as gift. May I also follow in your footsteps in making myself a gift to others. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. Readings: Gn 14:18-20; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Lk 9:11-17]
Author and Goal
Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.