07 June, 2012

Homily for Corpus Christi (B) 2012


The weeks immediately after Pentecost are set aside in the Church’s calendar to meditate on some of the mysteries of faith we have perhaps hastily eclipsed with the celebrations of other events. And so we find a Sunday dedicated entirely to the Holy and undivided Trinity whose work we celebrate in liturgically recounting the history of our salvation from Advent until now. Surely, every day should be a thanksgiving and a meditation on the Trinity, but perhaps we do need to mark a special Sunday in order to yearly refresh our faith.
 
Similarly, today we celebrate the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus as present in the Eucharist. Again, surely, we can visit Him daily in this sacrament; we can receive him almost daily in our Eucharists; we ought to centre our Christian experience on this, the greatest mystery of our salvation. So, why do we need to keep today’s celebration, which -by the way- should include a procession through the street of St Ives and a time of solemnt exposition of the host?
 
If you remember, a few weeks ago, on Maundy Thursday, we have liturgically re-enacted the major events of the Lord ’s Supper, and we have concluded our celebration with a vigil, remembering how Our Lord Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, and we did our best to keep him company. In many respects that was a sombre occasion, with the long dark shadow of Good Friday to stifle any real celebration.
 
However, today the Church’s calendar bids us to show all our best joy and devotion to Our Lord Jesus, who in the Eucharist gives us the pledge of a new alliance between God and creation and a token of the future joys which we will experience in heaven.
 
Today, even if our celebrations are not grandiose or impressive we come to our Eucharistic Lord and we give him thanks for giving himself up to be our food, our stay, and our sustenance in our journey toward the heavenly Jerusalem. Most of all, however, we ought to give him thanks at all times for being always with us in this most blessed, most precious, life-giving Sacrament.  

Therefore let us take today's collect and really make it our own personal prayer to Jesus for every day of our pilgrimage. Let us pray,

Lord Jesus Christ,
you gave us the Eucharist
as the memorial of your suffering and death.
May our worship of this Sacrament of your Body and Blood
help us to experience the salvation you won for us
and the peace of the Kingdom
where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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