While every celebration of the Mass can be said to be a celebration of Corpus Christi, we are invited to reflect on the gift of Christ’s abiding presence in the Eucharist in a particular way, during the Feast of Corpus Christi itself. In the Eucharist, we have both sacrifice and gift – his handing over of his body and blood, i.e. all that he is, at the Last Supper was an anticipation of the total offering of himself that took place on that Good Friday.
Jesus loves us so much that he holds nothing back from us. He gives all of himself to us. His love becomes the source of our life. Just as mothers give of their very selves to nourish their children, Jesus does the same for us.
As we pause and consider the sacrifice and self-gift that are embodied in the Eucharist, let us ask ourselves the following:
- How have we experienced Christ’s saving love in the Eucharist?
- Who has made sacrifices and given of themselves for us?
- How is Jesus inviting you to give of yourself for the sake of others?