It’s a well-known saying: We are what we eat. But what happens when we take that saying and apply it to our spiritual lives as well as our physical lives? Something wonderful: when we eat the Body of Christ, we become the body of Christ. We are joined with him and with each other.
Here are some of the effects of this marvellous truth: The Body of Christ gives us peace. At the last Supper, Jesus promised, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you” and “Do not let your hearts be troubled” (John 14:27). Just a short time later, Jesus himself demonstrated that peace as he was arrested, tried, tortured, and crucified. And because of his peace, his Body and Blood can fill us with peace, no matter what we face. The Eucharist deepens our relationship with Jesus. At the Last Supper, Jesus said, “I have called you friends” and “No one has greater love than . . . to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:15, 13). Every time we receive the Eucharist, Jesus reminds us that he gave up his life for us because he loves us. The Eucharist helps us to see him more clearly. Isn’t that what happened when Jesus broke bread with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:30)? Or when he multiplied the loaves of bread for the people (John 6: 14)? Every time we receive the Eucharist, we grow a little bit closer to the Lord. The Eucharist not only opens our eyes to Jesus, it opens our eyes to one another. Jesus told us that when we give to the hungry, the thirsty, the homeless, and anyone else in need, we are doing it to him (Matthew 25:35-40). We are meeting him in the poor, just as we meet him in the Eucharist. So, as we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi today, take a moment to reflect on all the blessings Jesus gives you every time you eat his Body and drink his Blood.