The great feast of Corpus Christi is about more than the Eucharist, because the Eucharist is about more than the Eucharist, writes Michael McKenna, the Bishop of Bathurst.
The Eucharistic moment expands back in time to include the Last Supper and beyond time to the Heavenly Banquet. The Mass is always, then and now the Supper of the Lamb.
In it, we take part in the perfect sacrifice of Christ and enter into communion as his Body, the Church, on earth and in heaven.
The introduction of a new English translation of the prayers of the Mass disturbs our routine and makes us pay attention again to these words which can tell us so much. Should this change bring about a deeper appreciation among us of the gift of the Eucharist and what it means, then it will be worth the effort.
One pastoral letter cannot say everything about the Eucharist. However, I will try to shine a light that will show paths to follow: of prayerful thinking, of study and action. Ultimately, these are paths to Jesus Christ.
We cannot talk fruitfully about the Eucharist unless we are prepared to talk about our relationship with Christ, both as individuals and as the community that shares his mission. The Son of God became a man to enter into the reality of our life as it is, to heal the wound of the division between God and humankind and lead us into the fullness of life.
The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us (Jn 1:14). At Mass, as the deacon or priest mixes a drop of water with the wine that will become Christ’s blood, he says the following prayer:
By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.
FULL STORY You, oh Lord are in the midst of us