On the Solemnity of Corpus Christi we remember that Jesus comes
to us and gives us security. He himself is the Bread of Life.
This truth of the Christian faith has always elicited 'incredulity'
from non-believers because "it surpasses all human comprehension.
Precisely because it has to do with a mysterious reality that does
surpass our comprehension, we should not wonder that even today, many find
it difficult to accept the real actual presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
It has been that way since the day when, in the synagogue at
Capharnaum, Jesus declared openly that he had come to give us his flesh
and blood as food, in language that appeared 'hard to take'. And many did
Then as now, the Eucharist remains a 'sign of contradiction', of a God
who took on human flesh and sacrificed himself for the life of the world.
Jesus fed the crowd out of 5 loaves of bread and two fishes. This
showed the desire of the Lord that every human being should share in the
Eucharist, because the Eucharist is for all.
A second element leaps to the eye from this Gospel passage. The miracle
worked by the Lord has an explicit invitation for each one to give his own
contribution - the 5 loaves and the two fishes represent our own
contribution, humble but necessary, that he transforms into a gift of love
Christ continues to exhort his disciples today to be personally
The Eucharist is a call to sanctity and to giving oneself to our
brothers, because the calling for each of us is to be, together with the
Lord, bread that is shared for the life of the world.
We Christians walk through the world knowing that we have Christ at our
side, sustained by the hope of being able to see his face revealed in that
definitive encounter, but now we hear his voice that repeats, as we read
in the Book of the Apocalypse, "I am knocking at your door. If anyone
hears my voice and opens the door to me, I will come to him, I will sup
with him, and he with me.'"
The feast of Corpus Domini makes us perceive this knocking by
the Lord, even if we have become hard of hearing interiorly.
Jesus knocks at the door of our heart and asks to come in, not just for
a day, but for always. Let us welcome him with joy, by raising to him the
choral invocation of the Liturgy.