On the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

At a General Audience that Pope Francis had in March 2014, he said, “The Son of God offers himself to us; he puts his Body and Blood into our hands, so as to be with us always, to dwell among us…he puts up no resistance, he gives himself; he is the suffering Servant.” During one of the weekends in the Easter season, I spoke about this very thing: Jesus welcomes us with open arms so we can receive His Body and His Blood into our bodies, which makes us tabernacles.

Recognizing this fact, we are then able to view our sisters and brothers as Christ views us, with eyes of love and arms to embrace each of us as His sisters and brothers. When will we wake up to what Jesus is doing to and within us and not set up barriers that block out His grace and love? Many of us need to be purified of our past and start living in the present, for the present is all you and I have.

This feast should be a wakeup call for us to see how important the Eucharist is in your life and in my life. Once we can free ourselves from the past, really free ourselves from the past and all we have carried around that is blocking out Christ from us, maybe then we can appreciate Jesus’ great gift to us. Then we can become His tabernacles in this world, which is shown through our actions towards each other. It is only when you and I can accept our very selves with our faults, failings and sins but especially our gifts and talents that God has graced us with, can you and I be happy people. The gifts of Jesus are present – what are we waiting for? Let’s grasp them and give them to one another and that is real Eucharistic!

Fr. Bill Bried, OFM



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