Reflection – 29 May 2016

May 29, 2016

Corpus Christi

On this Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, we recall what makes us Christians in the first place, which is our identification with the life, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. This identification with Jesus is expressed, not only through a one-to one relationship with him, but in a community relationship with him, present in all those who call themselves Christians. We relate to him through his Risen Body, which is the whole community. We go to God through and with those around us. The whole point of being at Mass is to celebrate as a community of the Disciples of Jesus-not as strangers to one another. Going to Communion is not a private receiving, but a sharing together of the one Bread, and the one Cup. This one Bread and one Cup represent Jesus in His Risen Body. It includes, not only Jesus, but the whole Community present.

We recognise, in this sharing, not just the individual Jesus coming to us, but Jesus in his Body, of which we are all part. Jesus is in the host, but also in the hand that gives the host, and in the hand of the one who receives. Ours is a horizontal faith; we go to God with and through those around us. The whole point of being at Mass is to celebrate together with our fellow Christians, as a Community of the disciples of Jesus.