Solemnity of Corpus Christi, cycle C
Pope Benedict, in his homily for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, said, "Become the Eucharist." For most church goers whose intention is simply to fulfill a Sunday obligation, how could the message of the Holy Father produce a lasting and most profound effect in their lives?
I am reminded of term "Eucharistic Spirituality". Spirituality is the totality of what I believe in, what I share to others, and what I put my life into. Spirituality reveals what is in my heart, who I am, and what my mission is in this world. It reveals the fruit of my love for Jesus and His love for me.
Every aspect of the Eucharist has a direct bearing in my life. That is why I have to pay attention to celebrate every moment most worthily. Every word and action are invitations from a loving God that also become my words and actions outside the Church. As I heard it said, "The Lord be with you," I am to remind the others, "and also with you." As peace and forgiveness are given to me for free, so I give them freely and unreservedly to others.
Jesus in the Gospel said, "Give them something to eat." That is the Eucharist. I become the bread Christ wishes me to be. He wants to feed others and bring them to life. I need to offer myself, be lifted up, be broken, and to be given back to others just as Jesus did.
How I wish that there would be many of us to be bread for others. That is the Eucharistic spirituality. That eventually becomes the story of my life in the Lord.