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Brothers and sisters,
It is often said that the great feasts of the Church year plunge us anew into the great mysteries of God’s love for us. Today’s feast of Corpus Christi – the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – is certainly no exception. Its annual celebration one week after Trinity Sunday is no coincidence; the gift of the Eucharist is nothing less than Christ’s Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, made manifest by the wondrous power of the Trinity. It also calls to mind our identity as members of the Body of Christ here on earth, which foreshadows our union with God in heaven.
Here at Christ the King, today’s celebration is doubly joyful for us, since it is the patronal feast of our sister parish in Jalchatra, Bangladesh! As both of our parishes celebrate Corpus Christi, we are reminded that we share more than just a feast day. Throughout this past year, you have assisted our brothers and sisters in many ways, both spiritually and financially. For example, several months ago, our students heard the witness of two Notre Dame boxers who spent their summer serving the people of Corpus Christi Parish & School. These children’s eyes were opened to see that the Body of Christ is not confined to our own parish and school; even though Christ the King and Corpus Christi are separated by thousands of miles, we share the common bond of faith and Holy Cross traditions.
Just as the Eucharist is much more than mere bread and wine, our relationship with the people of our sister parish goes far beyond mere fundraising. Throughout the year, many of you volunteer to be prayer partners with Corpus Christi parishioners and families. (If you’re interested in signing up for this, please contact me or another member of our parish staff.) By your prayers, you strengthen the Body of Christ in both communities, and you also strengthen the universal Church in a very real way. Every prayer offered, no matter how great or small, brings unity instead of division…and this unity is what Christ’s Body and Blood enables us to bring about here on earth.
So on this Solemnity of Corpus Christi, let us thank the Lord for the gift of His only-begotten Son, whose Body and Blood is offered on the altar every day. Whether God’s people are in South Bend or Jalchatra, may Christ our Lord continue to make us one in the Eucharist.