Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, June 14: Eucharist, a Sunday Scriptures blog

I hope we never have another feast of “Corpus Christi” like this one! This year many of us will continue to watch TV Masses and continue to fast from physical communion. The gift of our long fasting from Eucharist is that we have become truly hungry for it, deeply appreciative of its gift. I miss the Eucharist in both its meanings — the physical union with the Lord in communion, and the physical union with Him in the other people celebrating the Eucharistic liturgy with me, they who are also the body of Christ. It has been so long since we have been able to touch the host and touch one another to offer peace. Even if we are so fortunate to be in Mass this Sunday, we won’t be able to touch hands or to receive from the chalice. We won’t be able to experience with our body the aspect of Jesus’ life that the chalice represents, the sacrifice of his life. There is a song we often sing called “Gift of Finest Wheat.” It was composed for a Eucharistic congress, and the first line begins, “You satisfy the hungry heart… .” Our hearts are hungry, Lord, and we pray that all of us, old and young, throughout the world, may soon be fed again with Eucharist.

– Blog entry by Sister Mary Garascia

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