An Ecumenical Ministry in the Parish of St Patrick's Catholic Church In San Diego USA


Wednesday, June 7, 2023



Today we celebrate CORPUS CHRISTI, a solemnity with which we publicly confess that Jesus Christ is truly present in the Bread and Wine consecrated during the Eucharist. This true faith has its origin in the words that Christ uttered at the last supper: " While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mt: 26: 26-28). This text can also be found in Mc 14, 22-26 and in Lc 22, 15-20. In the same way, the apostle Saint Paul attests to these words of Christ in 1 Cor 11: 23-25. With these biblical texts, a truth of faith revealed by Jesus himself and by the Tradition of the Church is expressed. It is precisely the Church who knows how to recognize the presence of Jesus in the consecrated Bread and Wine, since following what Jesus commanded, the Church continues to make Jesus Christ himself present in the Eucharistic sacrament.

As an expression of faith in the real presence of Jesus in the consecrated Bread and Wine, every week, Catholics try to have a moment of prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. We call this meeting Holy Hour, because the time in the presence of Jesus in the Sacrament is holy time, since we are before God himself. What a blessing to be able to enjoy today, in this moment, the real presence of God, and let ourselves be consoled, guided, forgiven and healed by Him. We must also remember that the express invitation that Jesus makes about his real presence is to come to eat his Body and drink his Blood, because by eating his Body worthily and drinking his Blood worthily we obtain Eternal Life, because eating his Body and drinking His Blood makes it possible for Him to live in us and for us to remain with Him (John 6: 51-58). Let us celebrate that Christ is still with us and becomes food for the Christian pilgrim on this earth. Let us courageously confess the love of God present in the humility of the consecrated Bread and Wine. And let us thank God for all his goods with a holy life, because He has called us to Holiness.

Pastor Carlos Flores, OSA

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