Lectio Divina: Corpus Christi
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord;
whoever eats this bread will live forever.” — John 6:51
Today we celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, which is also known as Corpus Christi. On this day we celebrate two beautiful realities: the gift of the Holy Eucharist and the gift of the Church (as the visible Body of Christ). When we adore, reflect on, and receive Jesus in the Eucharist, we are empowered to live like Him. If we want to be a better person, a better friend, a better student, a better spouse, a better parent, then we must become “eucharistic.” It’s only by contemplating Christ’s full gift of self in the Eucharist that we’ll be able to become better disciples.
In today’s Gospel, we hear about the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes. We may be quick to just focus on the miracle itself, however there’s a “second” miracle hidden in plain sight. When Jesus multiplies the good, He doesn’t do just “enough.” He doesn’t just feed the people scraps. He makes sure they ate and that they were all satisfied. On top of this, there’s more food leftover. We are faced then with a beautiful truth: Jesus doesn’t just want to bless us, He wants to bless us in abundance. He wants to give in excess, so that we can share with those around us.
As we celebrate this great Solemnity (as well as Father’s Day!) let us contemplate the gift how we can pray for God’s blessings, and when we receive it, how we can “pay it forward” by sharing our blessings with those around us.
- Do I bring my needs to the Lord?
- Do I trust that the Lord will provide?
- Have I spent time with the Blessed Sacrament recently?
- How can I live life in a “eucharistic” way?
- How is the Lord inviting me to build up the Body of Christ this week?