From Fr. Tom,
It’s been said, “We are what we eat.” In religion classes for our young children and for those in the process of converting to Catholicism, the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is a major topic for emphasis. “This is my body which will be given up for you.” These are the very words of Jesus Himself. It is a disheartening fact that most practicing Catholics don’t believe in the real presence of Christ in Holy Communion. But that in itself doesn’t change the essence of Holy Communion. In other words, whether or not someone believes in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, it is STILL JESUS! In November of 2021, the U.S. bishops recognized the need of a revitalization to emphasize the real presence of Christ to the faithful. I think they are on the right track! Hopefully this will build up Catholic community all over the world especially as we realize just how blessed we are when we receive Jesus at mass. As a priest, an imperfect man, I am continually humbled each time I celebrate mass because, as we all say before communion that we are not worthy to receive Him, I am so not worthy to consecrate the bread and wine. Thank God the Holy Spirit takes care of that, literally! Let’s make this Corpus Christi Sunday a beginning of a greater appreciation for the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.