Although we celebrate many solemnities in the Catholic Church, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi has to be one that really stands out for us since its about the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. The teaching of the True Presence is a fundamental teaching of the Catholic Church. This day is a day where being Catholic is just awesome!
This morning, I attended Mass and then stayed for the Corpus Christi Procession from Saint Mary Cathedral (Austin, TX) to the steps of the Texas Capitol Building and then back (see picture to the right). From Our Lord in the Monstrance carried by the priests, to the bells ringing and incense in the air, all the faithful walking behind and singing the hymns in Latin, it made this Sunday morning very blessed and special. Again, it was a great day to be Catholic! After Benediction in the Cathedral and the reciting of the Divine Praises, I said to myself, “Man, I love being Catholic.” Only in the Catholic and Orthodox Church’s do you see the 2000 – year old Traditions in such magnificent splendor and awe.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1378 states – “Worship in the Eucharist. In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord. ‘The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the cult of adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful, and carrying them in procession.’”
In his book, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist, Brant Pitre says, “And just as the old Bread of the Presence had been the sign of God’s “everlasting covenant,” so now the Eucharist would become the perpetual sign of the new covenant, sealed in his blood. And just as the old Bread of the Presence was also the Bread of the Face of God, so now the Eucharist would be the Bread of the Face of Christ. Truly, in the Eucharist, the early Christians could say with Jesus, “Something greater than the Temple is here.”
Below is ONE GREAT VIDEO. After watching this video, there is no doubt in my mind that you will be fired up to be Catholic. If you are not Catholic, I would invite you to locate a Catholic parish in your area and experience the beauty of the True Presence and Sacrifice of Jesus Christ in the Holy Mass.