Though the richness of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi is as deep as God Himself (for it is God) and impossible to grasp fully; this year for me, Corpus Christi is a celebration of the joy of a promise kept. “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matt 28:20). Christ promised that He would be with us always; and every time I participate in the Mass, or celebrate a communion service, or sit in front of the blessed sacrament I see this promised kept.
But this year I wondered: did the apostles understand what Christ meant when He told them this; could they ever know what the Lord meant by ‘I am with you always’ before Pentecost? What was their amazement like during those first Masses when they realized the full import of Christ’s promise and how He kept it?
It is more than just being with us. – it is being in us – being us! Jesus through his Holy Spirit dwells within each of us and helps up motivate the divine inside. But the Most Precious Body and Blood of Lord takes this intimacy to a whole new level. Christ Himself continually comes to us at the Mass, in the form of bread and wine; but truly in his glorified body. He allows us to participate with Him in His sacrifice of Himself in praise to His father. He urges us to take His glorified body and nourish our souls by consuming Him and thus allowing our bodies and souls to immerse within the Holy Trinity. What joy they must have felt when they realized this. What joy I feel when I meditate on this gift; a joy so uncontainable that we go out into the world to witness to it.
This afternoon, as our parish paraded through the streets of Bolingbrook, with the Blessed Sacrament being held by Bishop Alberto Rojaz (from the Archdiocese of Chicago), I witnessed the joy in the procession; I witnessed the tears of joy in the faces of those whose house we had created an altar and placed Jesus on; I witnessed residents turning their radio down as we passed by and others who stopped their activities to watch in silence and it reminded me of Psalm 42 ‘…how I would lead the rejoicing crowd into the house of God, amid cries of gladness and thanksgiving;g the throng wild with joy.’; and all the while I prayed ‘thank you Jesus for your promise kept!’