Many are familiar with the quotation from chapter 1 of St. John’s Gospel, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.” The same Gospel in chapter 6 emphasizes that one must eat Christ’s flesh and drink Christ’s blood in order to enter into eternal life.
This Sunday, the Church celebrates the feast of Corpus Christi, which is the Latin rendering of “the Body of Christ.” We celebrate what Jesus taught. We nourish ourselves upon the Body and Blood of Christ. Receiving such nourishment strengthens the faithful to live out their Christian baptism, to give witness of Jesus’ presence to a fallen world desperately in need of him.
This Sunday, like every Sunday, this holy communion with Christ’s Body and Blood is offered to the faithful. The Holy Spirit of God’s love mysteriously acts through the Catholic priesthood to give us this re-presentation of his death and resurrection, following the Lord’s own words at the Last Supper to “do this in memory of me.”
This Sunday will be my final Sunday at Church of the Holy Spirit, as Bishop Conley has appointed me to the central Nebraska parishes of Aurora and Giltner. It has been a joy to celebrate and share Christ’s Body and Blood, to serve the people of God, from here “on the hill” these past four years. God Bless You!