Homily for May 25, 2008

Father Tom’s Homily
Corpus Christi
May 25, 2008

On this Feast of The Body and Blood of Christ we honor in a special way the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

In the gospel stories we often find Jesus sharing meals with others. He was invited to the homes of the rich and the poor.
The powerful, the common folk, the religious officials and sinners all enjoyed Jesus’ company.
And he enjoyed being with them to share meals.

There was one occasion when Jesus prepared a meal for others. It was the Last Supper when he gave himself as Food.
With the bread, he said: “Take and eat this is my Body.” And with a cup of wine: “Take and drink, this is my Blood.”

He told is apostles to continue sharing this special meal of his Body and Blood when he said, “Do this to remember me.”
For centuries the followers of Jesus have repeated his Last Supper meal. It is called the Mass, or the Eucharist. It is also called Holy Communion.

The Eucharist is at the center of our Catholic life. It is where we meet and dine with the Lord, to converse with him, to listen to him, and to feed on his Body and Blood.
Today we celebrate Jesus greatest gift to us, the gift of Holy Communion.
We thank God for the nourishment and comfort this sacrament gives us as we journey through life.