Hope you are trying to keep cool in this summer. I hear we are facing a record high temperature these days, at least some time in this past week. I have set up my air conditioners in the rectory. So, I am in pretty good shape now though I suffered the heat a little bit. Hope to find some pleasant days. I am also planning to ride on my motorcycle. Many have been asking me about it. Got some things fixed for that and ready to go!
This week we are celebrating the Solemn feast of the Most Holy Body and Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is called Corpus Christi Feast. This feast is celebrated in solemnity because it is the most important one as it is recognizing the love of Jesus who despite our unworthiness was willing to offer Himself up for us and stay with us to the end of the age. His love for us is so express that he wanted to be with us with His Body and Blood integrated into our own mortal body and blood. This is something too tremendous for any human being to be endowed with. We the believers of this great mystery are greatly blessed.
This great Feast the Holy Body and Precious Blood of Christ should remind us of our Lord’s love for us which should lead us to the proper response of his love for us. Most of the time the reception of the Body and Blood of Christ in the celebration of the Eucharist becomes nothing more than a fancy ritual, because of our improper understanding of the Holy Sacrament. Properly dealt with, the reception of the Body and Blood of Christ should make us Alter Christus, the other Christ. But it does not seem so, because we do not let that change take place within us.
All over the world, we see an immense intolerance towards the religions and the freedom of religions is at stake. People do not let others to practice and follow the religion of their own and their own conscience. Most times we succumb to such intolerance and back away from our faith though not publicly or openly. Spiritually we accept the easy way not worrying about discarding the faith. This is an easy way out into the destruction of our souls. This is dangerous not only for us and it is dangerous to the whole society we live in.
Today’s feast should make us strong in our faith. This should enable us to bear witness to the everlasting love of God. It is by this feast we become one with God and we become the ambassadors of His great Love. We need to become the preachers and livers of the unfathomable love of Christ. When we live such a life, this feast will have meaning and our celebration of the Eucharist will be effective in our lives.
May God bless us and be with us always both spiritually and physically.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. A. Antony