This week we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ – which leads us to the sacrament of the Eucharist which for us is a true sacrifice, the source and summit of the Christian life.
In the Gospel reading, we read how Jesus says at the passover meal “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I shall not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
The homilist reminds us that one of the reasons that set us apart from our Christian brethren who do not participate in the belief that the Host is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ is the ministry of the Ordained Catholic Priesthood. The sacrificial nature of the mass is only possible when the priest acting in-persona Christi brings about the Eucharistic Sacrifice. This means that without a priest, who is ordained through the sacrament of Holy Orders and chosen by Christ, that would be no Eucharist.
Hence, let us appreciate the priests that we have, and pray for more labourers to be sent to the harvest. And also, let’s turn in even deeper devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Here’s a clip from St Paul Center to help you.