A Free Gift!

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi.  This is a solemn feast in which Jesus offers us yet another free gift, the gift of himself.  We see the fulfillment of the words of the prophet Isaiah which reads “I gave them bread from heaven to eat”.  In the wilderness, the
children of Israel ate manna and were sustained for their journey to the promised land.  Yet, they all inevitably died. Jesus, on the other hand, provides a food that will sustain to eternal life.

Originally, we were created out of love, to be one with God.  Eventually we as people turned our backs on God, but through the sacrifice of Jesus, our relationship was renewed.  The thing about this gift is that it cannot be forced, or manipulated in any way, it is our choice to receive the gift or to not receive the gift.  God’s desire is to be in relationship with us and through offering this gift, he wants us to become a Eucharistic people.

This may be an odd sounding phrase to be a Eucharistic people but I believe the key underlying theme that helps us understand it is the theme of sacrifice.  Two examples of sacrifice come to mind as throughout the Old Testament we read about sacrifices to God.  Then in the New Testament Jesus sacrifices his own body so we can be in right relationship with the father.  I believe that if we are going to be a Eucharistic people, we need to sacrifice in our own lives.

A couple of examples come to mind, the first being that we are called to reach out to communities in need and help anyone living on the margins, that can often take sacrifice.  Sometimes too we may be estranged from someone and need to reconcile, that takes sacrifice. Now, you may be recalling the words of Jesus when he said that he doesn’t
require sacrifice.  It’s absolutely true, it’s absolutely nothing to do with what he needs, it’s all about what we need to be a Eucharistic people.  From the reading though we can be encouraged by the fact that every Sunday,  Jesus offers us this gift of the Eucharist, to sustain us and help us in our Christian Journey.  This is truly the greatest gift that we can receive and that we can in turn share with our families, friends, and all whom we encounter. Let us pray for the grace to encounter Jesus and become the people he wants us to be. Amen

God bless you all
Deacon Dan MacDonald


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