This week, Fr. Krempa explores the deeper meaning of the Feast of Corpus Christi or, as it is called today in the Roman Missal, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.
By: Rev. Stanley Krempa, Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Winchester
There are many evocative phrases that have inspired generations of people:
“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”
“Read my lips: no new taxes.”
“I have a dream.”
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
“It’s morning in America.”
But none of them can compare in grandeur, drama, promise and power to the words of Jesus given to us by St. Paul: “This is my Body,” “This is my Blood,” “Do this in remembrance of me.”
These words of the Lord are repeated thousands of times, every day, all over the world. They bring peace, consolation and hope to millions of people every day.
Today we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi or, as it is called today in the Roman Missal, the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. To accent this feast, some parishes will have Corpus Christi processions; others may have special holy hours; others have long had adoration chapels that are open day and night throughout the year. Because the Eucharist is so central to our faith as Catholics, great churches have been built to house it; splendid music has been composed to honor it; magnificent poetry has been written to describe it; great works of art have been created to celebrate it. We search the Old Testament Scriptures to find previews of it, as with Melchisedech in today’s first reading.