Feast of Corpus Christi – Pandemic Style
This past Sunday, the Church celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, historically known by its Latin name, Corpus Christi. The feast day celebrates the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. How poignant that we focus on the presence of Jesus which is with us at this difficult time.
Despite the pandemic, Fr. Evans led a procession of the Eucharist throughout our Home and grounds, so our Residents and Sisters would have an opportunity to be in the presence of Our Lord in prayer. They did not follow in the procession but each one was blessed with the Blessed Sacrament in their doorway.
On Sunday, Pope Francis offered a profound reflection on the Eucharist as “God’s memorial” in his homily, which was quite relevant as many of us have thought about our memories more so now than ever. His Holiness asked, “What if the chain of transmission of memories is interrupted?” His answer: “God knows how difficult it is, He knows how weak our memory is, and He has done something remarkable: He left us a memorial. He did not just leave us words, for it is easy to forget what we hear. He did not just leave us the Scriptures, for it is easy to forget what we read. He did not just leave us signs, for we can forget even what we see. He gave us food, for it is not easy to forget something we have actually tasted.”
Pope Francis also offered, “The Lord knows that evil and sins do not define us; they are diseases, infections. And He comes to heal them with the Eucharist, which contains the antibodies to our negative memory. With Jesus, we can become immune to sadness.”
Jesus has never left us and He will never leave nor forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6)