As we’ve gathered apart united by the Spirit, in our separation we long for the coming time when we can be – gathered all together in one place – as the apostles were on Pentecost. And in a world divided and enslaved by sin we continue to pray for restoration and change and a “one place” of united healing for all. On this Sunday of the Feast of Corpus Christi – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ we celebrate the Real Presence of Jesus in the bread and wine of the Eucharist. Saved by the Blood of Jesus we cry out in the words of St. Thomas Aquinas in acknowledgment of this holy mystery:
O saving Victim opening wide the gate of Heaven to us below, our foes press on from every side, your aid supply, your strength bestow.
We look forward to celebrating together and receiving the bread of heaven which restores us, let us recall Jesus’ words: “The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” And we pray that this Real Healing Presence and Real Answer to our Real Problems will become manifest and incarnate in our lives and actions, our words and deeds – that we may recognize and acknowledge His Presence in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar and in the hearts and lives of those around us:
Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in life of friend and stranger.