The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Published on Jun 4th, 2013 by Austin Keith | 0

“1324 The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.”136 “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.”


This quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church drives directly at the heart of the Christian life.  The Solemnity of Corpus Christi or as it is known today as the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ celebrates the perpetual gift Our Lord gave to us at the Last Supper and which he consummated in his passion, death and resurrection.  Each and every Sunday we gather as a community of faith as we strive to “keep holy the Sabbath” and heed Christ’s command to “do this in memory of me.”

This Solemnity offers us the opportunity to ask ourselves a very important question. Is the Eucharist the “source and summit” of my life? Is the celebration of the Eucharist the most important thing I do in the week and does it lie at the heart of my daily walk with the Lord?  The reality is that we are called to live a Eucharistic way of life.  As Christ gave himself for us, so we too should give ourselves for others. If we want to follow Christ more closely and reflect him more clearly in the world then we need to come to the source and be nourished by our Eucharistic Lord! May Our Lord strengthen us by this Eucharist and aid us to make the Eucharist “the source and summit” of our lives so that we may live ever more deeply the Christian life!