Today is the Solemnity of the Corpus Christi – that is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus – the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Before I was confirmed into The Catholic Faith, I felt a deep dissatisfaction with the Protestant faith over the communion. I felt there was something missing. What lead me away from my Protestant faith was the body and blood of Jesus during communion was symbolic.
One Sunday morning while watching an online evangelical service, I was shocked the pastor ask viewers to grab any carb or drink for communion. I was even more shocked my 14 year old daughter returned with a bowl of chips and a soft drink – “well he said a carb and liquid”. This was 9 am in the morning.
Symbolism and their meanings are culturally defined and is a only a superficial way to comprehend the depth of what is perceived as real. It is not easy for our human mind to comprehend that which is beyond our human understanding.
To make a long story short, what drew me into the heart of the Catholic Faith is the belief that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. It is not symbolic.
The real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is not a belief shared in Protestantism. To see and believe in the richness of the Eucharist, and to see the body and blood of Christ takes faith.
Fr. Chris in his Corpus Christi homily takes us through the Eucharist step by step, and explains to is the profound and sacredness with scripture:
It was the true presence of Jesus that drew me to the Catholic Eucharist. Once I started my journal towards Christ in the Eucharist, there was no turning back. I let the Holy Spirit guide me in discovering Christ in the sacraments, in getting to know Mother Mary, Father Joseph and all the saints whose invaluable teachings help with my own deeper journey to God.
God Bless 💖