[COLUMN] On the solemnity of the body and blood of Christ

AS we come together this Sunday, June 2 to commemorate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, we affirm our unwavering belief in the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist, distinguishing us from other Christian faith traditions and religions. The bread and wine, once part of the Eucharistic celebration, undergo a profound transformation known as “transubstantiation,” changing their very essence from ordinary elements to the sacred body and blood of Christ.

This sacramental reality stands as a testament to Christ’s deep love for the Church, assuring us of His constant presence with us, most notably during the Eucharistic liturgy and in the Tabernacle. In response, we are called not only to receive Holy Communion with reverence but also to dedicate moments of quiet adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, practices that strengthen, heal, and spiritually transform us. Through such devotion, we demonstrate our commitment to the First Commandment and our ultimate purpose on Earth: to love God with all our being.

Furthermore, in alignment with our vision as the Body of Christ, embracing the Eucharist involves more than just partaking in the sacrament – it entails embodying and exemplifying Christ’s love, mercy, and compassion to all, reflecting the truth that we become what we receive. Through the reception of Jesus in the Eucharist, our actions of kindness and goodness towards others become a tangible expression of loyalty and devotion to Him.

As we reflect on the Eucharistic Revival, it beckons us to move beyond a superficial understanding of the Eucharist toward recognizing its transformative power in fostering harmonious human relations and creating a world founded on principles of justice and peace.

Hence, as we engage in the Holy Eucharist celebration and Eucharistic procession this Sunday, let us remain mindful of our shared vision: Joyful, welcoming, and deeply rooted in faith, as the Body of Christ, we journey towards eternal life with God. Amen.

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The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the Asian Journal, its management, editorial board and staff.

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Fr. Rodel “Odey” Balagtas is the pastor of Incarnation Church in Glendale, California.


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