WHAT WE EAT, Fr Oluwafemi Victor Orilua, CSSp

HOMILY OF SUNDAY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST [CORPUS CHRISTI][C]

Genesis 14:18-20; 1Cor 11:23-26; Lk 9:11-17

THEME: WHAT WE EAT

The Lord desires to satisfy us both in our body and in our soul. John prayed, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”  3John 1:2.

And the Lord said, “Take, eat; this is my body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” …………. “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

The gift of his body and blood is a clear demonstration of Christ love for us. The feeding of the five thousand is a full assurance of his care for our social welfare.

Just the way we eat physical food for bodily nourishment, we receive the gift of the body and blood of Christ for the life of our soul.

However, we must not forget that we are what we eat. We often say that they have ungrateful body whose statures do not correlate with the food they take in.

We may have enough money to fill our food store, but still feed on the wrong diet. When we eat the wrong diet, we run the risk of falling sick. The reception of the Holy Eucharist must have a rightful place in our lives.

More so, the Holy Communion becomes more meaningful in the lives of those who make frantic efforts to live like Jesus. The offering of his body and blood only culminated on the cross. It did not start or end there. He spent his whole life in his daily offering. His care for the poor, the sick and the demonized, all attested to the sacrifice which he demands from us.

Therefore, we sum up all we do for him in our act of thanksgiving at each Mass. Hence, the Holy Eucharist becomes meaningful when we must have offered ourselves for those in need. If we are not generous, if we are not sacrificial, if we don’t care for the plight of others, our participation in the Holy Eucharist is not complete. Our sacrifice in the church becomes meaningful only when we had fulfilled our daily offerings in the street and in our immediate communities.

Anytime we eat his body and drink his blood, we become one with him. And we must be ready to toe his path and do as he did.

May our communion in Christ bring him alive in our daily life. Amen.

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