Posted by: fvbcdm | June 16, 2017

Feast of Saint John Regis (16 June 2017)

This Sunday we Catholics throughout the world have the great privilege and pleasure of celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.  The feast used to be called Corpus Christi, which simply means, “The Body of Christ.”  After our annual celebration of the whole gamut of Salvation History, beginning with the First Sunday of Advent and reaching its completion with Pentecost, we celebrate two more very important truths of our holy faith.  One—the Blessed Trinity—we celebrated last week, and now, the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.

While we celebrate this beautiful feast though, our prayers are mingled with a certain sorrow.  Some time ago, a poll was taken in this country of people who call themselves Catholic.  Only 30% stated that they believed in the Real Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.  The others apparently believed that the Eucharist is only symbolic or just a memento of the Last Supper or something like that.  Believe me, I would never have spent eight years in the seminary for the sake of a symbol or a figure of speech.  Nor would the martyrs have died for a symbol.  Nor would the thousands of missionaries down through the history of the Church have given their entire lives, under terrible conditions, to preach a doctrine which is not true.  Either our Lord Jesus Christ in truly present in the sacrament of the altar or we are the most pathetic of people, and the Church has been teaching error for 2000 years.

At the moment of consecration at Mass, the wafer ceases to be bread and becomes the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ.  That is equally true of the wine, which ceases to be wine.  Can this be proven in a chemistry lab?  No.  The appearances remain the same.  But it can certainly be proven by faith and by the constant and solemn teaching of the Church from the Last Supper on until the End of Time.  So as we celebrate this beautiful feast, let us pray in thanksgiving for the great gift of the Sacrament of the Eucharist which Jesus has given to us.  Let us be grateful also for the Faith which allows us to see in the Holy Eucharist, the Body of Christ. And let us pray for a deepening of the Faith of the entire Catholic Community—in our country and in the world—in this central doctrine of our holy religion.  Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  Father Brown composed this message some years ago.  Please pray for the souls of the faithful departed, including Father Brown.

 

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