S e n t i r e C u m E c c l e s i a

"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Friday, May 23, 2008

Sunday Reflections: Fostering Relationships

On Sunday we will celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi -- the Body and Blood of Jesus. We remember in a special way the Sacrament of Love -- the Holy Eucharist, Jesus' very Body and Blood offered and poured out for our salvation.

All of us have relationships -- friends, colleagues, loved ones, special someones, etc... And we know by experience that for a relationship to bloom and grow, we have to foster it, we need to "feed it," as it were. For some, this fostering takes the form of bonding -- spending moments together; for others it would be "sweet nothings" -- chocolates, care notes, other stuff, etc... But whatever form it may take, all of us do our best to nourish relationships.

The same is true with Jesus. He loves us so much and he wants to be a part of our lives. Jesus' simple yet powerful way of "bonding" with us, of giving us "sweet stuff" is through the Holy Eucharist: He gives us His very Body and Blood to nourish us and to make us feel how deep His Love for us is.

As we celebrate Corpus Christi Sunday then, let us foster and deepen our relationship with Jesus. May our not-so-good attitude to the Liturgy be changed and our devotion to the Eucharist strengthened. May our prayers and Holy Communion be truly ways of deepening our relationship with Jesus. Amen.


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