Tabernacles

June 22, 2014 11:46 am

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” (J 6: 56)

Today we are celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi Feast. We celebrate our belief in the body and blood of Jesus and His real presence in the Eucharist.

In my country, still celebrating this feast on Thursday, every parish, even the smallest one, takes the Holy Sacrament in the monstrance onto the streets, with a procession to four altars. Parish banners with the saints and patrons of various groups, little girls scattering flowers, many altar boys, other priests who form the honor guard before the priest carrying the Holy Sacrament and hundreds of people walking in the procession. Our Lord is visiting our streets, the places where we live.

Here this tradition is a little bit forgotten. What we can take from this feast is the idea of inviting Jesus to our places, offices and homes, our neighbors and members of our families. When we receive Him in the Holy Communion we become Living Tabernacles and we can take Him in our hearts to the world. Like the monstrance we can carry Him and show Him where we live.

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.” (Communion Antiphon)

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