The Collect for Mass on Sunday, Corpus Christi, gently reminded of the final end of the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
The change in bread and wine – that it become Jesus present for us, and a means to our present participation in his once-and-for-all sacrifice at Calvary – is gifted to us that we too may change.
Christ gives himself that we may receive in him the gift of ourselves. Of him we receive the ability to become the people God made us to be, but which alone we cannot achieve.
O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament
have left us a memorial of your Passion,
grant us, we pray,
so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood
that we may always experience in ourselves
the fruits of your redemption.
Who live and reign with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
In Christ we too can become fully human, even as, of his graciousness, we partake of, and share in, the fullness of his divinity.
- How, in Christ, might you give of yourself today? For the upbuilding of the Church? And the healing of the world?
St Juliana – whose visions assisted in the establishing of the feast of Corpus Christi. Barber Institute. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.