This Sunday the Church celebrates the
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
, also called
. It is a day we focus in a special way on the Eucharist. In our video reflection this week, I speak about how God communicates to us through symbols, which are capable of conveying meaning on a much deeper level than direct words often are. I speak of the symbolism of bread and wine, and what it tells us about God's gift of himself in the Eucharist.
God speaks using signs and symbols from creation (like wheat and grapes), from human culture (like the breaking of bread) as well as from history (like Moses crossing the Red Sea). Right now we are experiencing a moment in history marked by division -- racial division and political division -- that is seeping into so many levels of society. This is taking place during a global pandemic when people are already experiencing fear and isolation. What might God be communicating to us through the events of our time? Now more than ever, we as Christians need to hear God's call for unity, as expressed by St. Paul: "
We, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf
" (1 Cor 10:17). Let us proclaim Christ's message of unity to all those in the world who so desperately need to hear it. May we be Eucharistic people, and prophets of good news.
In Christ's Peace,