YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI (3)







YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI

HOMILY THEME: THE CONTINUATION OF THE GRACES AND PURPOSE  OF JESUS’ DEATH.

BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon

 

HOMILY: (Lk. 9:11-17) Solemnity of the Corpus Christi

In today’s Gospel we have the multiplication of the loaves and the fish. Many people followed Jesus up to the mountains. They were so engrossed with Him that they did not bother to think of their food for the rest of the day. Jesus could not endure their predicament that He asked His apostles what were available. Two fish and five loaves were all they got. Jesus multiplied the loaves and the fish to everyone’s satisfaction.

For the early Christians, this story had propagated to all communities. It was not only understood as one of the miracles of Jesus but a foretaste of the Kingdom. Here, Jesus presented Himself as the bread of life. He can satisfy not only our physical needs but also our spiritual needs. Jesus, in fact, offered Himself to become one like us, suffered, and died. In Calvary, all of these became a reality and the salvation of men happened.

His offering in Calvary was not a finished event. It continues in every Eucharist. That was why Jesus instituted it in the last supper before He died. The Eucharist is the continuation of the graces and purpose of Jesus’ death. In the Eucharist, we are given the experience of receiving Jesus Himself in His Body and Blood. We believe that the bread and the wine turn into His Body and Blood as He said during that supper, “This is my Body. This is my Blood.” Otherwise, He would have referred to them as symbols.

We also believe that we are the Living Body of Christ. We are not to be physically consumed by our neighbors but we can offer ourselves for their spiritual well-being. We have the task of being Christ to each other. At mass, during the offering, we also offer ourselves for God’s greater glory. When we receive the Lord, we become more like Him. Different from ordinary food which becomes us, the Body and Blood of Christ makes us like Christ.

Thus, the Corpus Christi is really a challenge for us to be neighbors and friends to others in the same way that Jesus treated us as friends and commanded us to be neighbors

 

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