2021-06-06The Most Holy Body and Blood of ChristRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

When I received my First Holy Communion, many people said to me that it was the most important day of my life. Spiritually speaking, I suppose that it was the most important day of my life. But, it is difficult to compete with Disney World on a practical level.

Do we believe that the Mass is the most important thing that we will do today and have our thoughts turned to other things? There are so many things in this world to distract us from God.

We experience so much entertainment and stimulation every day that it can affect the most profound events of our lives. We have seen it all. So much, in fact, that nothing really impresses us. Sometimes we can become numb and insensitive to the world around us.

Television and computers have a lot to do with that. It is all smoke and mirrors. It is all illusion.

However, in the real world there is a great deal of violence. Killing, bombs and war is truly taking place in the world and not just on TV.

We do not want to become uncaring and unfeeling to the human misery that exists in our world. As Christians we need to respond to real people who are sick and poor and homeless. They are real people with real problems and we have an obligation to help them.

As Catholic Christians we truly believe that Jesus Christ is present to us in a special way. When the priest says in the name of Jesus Christ that this is my body, that bread becomes the Body of Christ. When the priest says over the wine, this is my blood, that wine becomes the Blood of Christ.

We believe that Jesus Christ is truly present in that bread and wine. We believe that when we receive that host that Jesus Christ becomes a part of us. We become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

St. Augustine said it best. "Be what you see and receive what you are, the Body of Christ."

If we truly believe that we really encounter Jesus Christ when we approach the altar, then we have to be different. If we really believe that we are the Body of Christ, then the world has to be different.

"Be what you see and receive what you are."

Receive the Body of Christ so that you can be the Body of Christ.

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