For the good people of St. Thomas More Parish in Omaha, NE:
At heart of the Eucharist, the particular gift of God that we celebrate on this Solemnity of Corpus Christi, is the mystery of change and transformation. Anyone who has had even a little catechism knows that Catholics believe that here on the altar bread and wine are really changed into the body and blood of Christ. This is why we fast and genuflect and keep reverent silence in the presence of the Sacrament.
But I’d like to propose that we think of this Eucharistic transformation as just the middle in a series of three related transformations. The Eucharistic change that takes place again and again on every altar throughout the world also hearkens back to a change that took place once for all; and it points forward to another change, the change we hope for in ourselves.
The once-for-all change that the Eucharistic recalls is none other than the central event of Christianity: Jesus’ passion and resurrection. Read the rest of this entry »