On the feast of The Body and Blood of Christ, we celebrate the living presence of Christ in the gift of his body and blood in the Eucharist and recall the institution of the sacrament of Holy Communion at the Last Supper. While Holy Thursday also marks the anniversary of the institution, the solemn nature of Holy Week and the focus on Christ’s Passion suppresses the level of rejoicing that is proper to the occasion. Today’s observance, therefore, accents the joyous aspects of Holy Thursday, in order to deepen our attachment to the unique and unending event that transforms our lives.
The Mass and the Office for the feast of Corpus Christi were edited or composed by Saint Thomas Aquinas upon the request of Pope Urban IV in the year 1264. The official title of the Solemnity was changed in 1970 to The Body and Blood of Christ.
We will see that all of today’s readings are about meals: Abram’s victory meal, the Last Supper, and the feeding of the five thousand. Continue reading “Jun 19, 2022: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) (C)”