Skip to comments.A Reflection on Corpus Christi
Posted on 05/27/2005 7:22:00 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
A reflection on Corpus Christi What does Corpus Christi mean to me? It does not only bring the liturgy to mind; for me, it is a day on which heaven and earth work together. In my minds eye it is the time when spring is turning into summer; the sun is high in the sky, and crops are ripening in field and meadow. The Churchs feasts make present the mystery of Christ, but Jesus Christ was immersed in the faith of the people of Israel and so, arising from this background in Israels life, the Christian feasts are also involved with the rhythm of the year, the rhythm of seedtime and harvest.
How could it be otherwise in a liturgy which has at its center the sign of bread, fruit of earth and heaven? Here this fruit of the earth, bread, is privileged to be the bearer of him in whom heaven and earth, God and man have become one.
The way the Churchs feasts fit in with the seasons of the year is therefore not an accident. Consequently we must go on to discover the inner rhythm of the Churchs year and see the place Corpus Christi has within it.
First of all, clearly, it grows out of the mystery of Easter and Pentecost: it presupposes the Resurrection and the sending of the Spirit. But it is also in close proximity to the Feast of the Trinity, which reveals the inner logic in the connection between Easter and Pentecost. It is only because God himself is the eternal dialogue of love that he can speak and be spoken to. Only because he himself is relationship can we relate to him; only because he is love can he love and be loved in return. Only because he is threefold can he be the grain of wheat which dies and the bread of eternal life. Ultimately, then, Corpus Christi is an expression of faith in God, in love, in the fact that God is love. All that is said and done on Corpus Christi is in fact a single variation on the theme of love, what it is and what it does. In one of his Corpus Christi hymns Thomas Aquinas puts it beautifully: nec sumptus consumitur - love does not consume: it gives and, in giving, receives. And in giving it is not used up but renews itself. Since Corpus Christi is a confession of faith in love, it is totally appropriate that the day should focus on the mystery of transubstantiation. Love is transubstantiation, transformation. Corpus Christi tells us: Yes, there is such a thing as love, and therefore there is transformation, therefore there is hope. And hope gives us the strength to live and face the world. Perhaps it was good to have experienced doubts about the meaning of celebrating Corpus Christi, for it has led us to the rediscovery of a feast which, today, we need more than ever.
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) L i t u r g y O f f i c e E N G L A N D & WA L E S A reflection for Corpus Christi is one of the resources produced by the Liturgy Office of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales for the Year of the Eucharist. Other resources are available at www.liturgyoffice.org.uk/Resources Text by Pope Benedict XVI is from Feast of Faith. © Ignatius Press San Francisco, 1986. Reproduced with permission. Feast of Faith can be ordered from www.ignatius.com
Text by Pope Benedict XVI is from "Feast of Faith" from Ignatius Press,SF."Feast of Faith" can be ordered from www.ignatius.com per bottom of the above article.
OOPS! Sorry for the characters before and after Corpus Christi.Maybe the admin will take it out.
Will you please remove "i" and "/i" from Corpus Christi? Thank you.
Thanks very much for correcting my title.
Thanks for posting this!
You're welcome, Salvation.
Thanks for posting. Our parish had a Corpus Christi procession today! We crossed the street and blocked traffic and everything.
You're very welcome! You did good! My parish had their Corpus Christi Procession after the twelve o'clock Mass and a potluck afterwords. I haven't been feeling well for several months so I didn't go. I would have liked to have gone but went instead to the nine o'clock Mass. We usually process in our parking lot because the streets outside are kind of small and dangerous. Plus, a lot of people park there to boot.
Thanks! Pope Benedict sure has a way with words! So simple and easy to understand.
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