Today, the Church all around the world celebrates Corpus Christi
It is the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.
Our second reading is what we know to be the first written story of what happened at the Last Supper
St. Paul wrote his letters before the Gospels were even written
He took the bread…
He took the cup…
And gave it to his disciples
This is my body… this is my blood…
Do this in remembrance of me.
We hear these words so often at Mass that sometimes our minds overlook the significance
Jesus gave us a command to “do this in remembrance of me”
It wasn’t a suggestion, it was a command.
As Saint Paul puts it, as often as we do this, we remember him – we put him first
But do you notice there is another word that we hear and read in what Jesus said…
He gave “thanks”
The turned the focus from what was out there in the world, to what was happening presently
To what he already had
He gave thanks to the Father for what he was doing in this Eucharistic meal
Eucharist is truly an act of thanksgiving