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The significance of ‘Corpus Christi’

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Let’s go back to the history of Genesis when the Jews were freed from slavery. Moses was the prophet whom God instructed to talk to pharaoh and release his people.

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Then came the Passover when the angel of death pass by to kill the first-born child either Jews or Egyptians. The solution was to put the blood of the lamb on every door of Hebrew people in order to live their first-born child.

The pharaoh at the time, Ramsey, did not listen to Moses and his first-born child died. He can see what the power of God can do and he let the Jews leave Egypt.

When the Jews were in the wilderness, God provided them Manna from heaven as their source of nourishment, for forty years they ate this.

However, the Jews unable to see the Promised Land during their plight from Egypt.

That journey never ends there, Jesus started his ministry for the past three years. Preaching the Gospel to all humanity until comes his death on the cross.

One of the trademarks of humanity is jealousy. The Pharisees were so envious about the ministry of Jesus. Son of a carpenter, never studied Theology, no credentials, and just a simple man and perform miracles.

Despite the fact of his innocence, he was condemned to death by putting him on the cross.

During the last supper, Jesus summoned his disciples and revealed himself that the time was near for him to say good-bye. He mentioned about a person who will betray him, and he is one of the disciples. He pointed Judas, as he denied about the betrayal. He was sold for thirty pieces of silver. Again, Judas made such action due to jealousy.

At the supper table, Jesus broke the bread as his body and the wine as his blood. Jesus is very specific that bread and wine are truly the body and blood of his. He said to eat and drink this in remembrance of me.

And then, when Jesus was put on the cross as the sacrificial lamb as we go back to the time of Passover based on the Book of Deuteronomy, when the angel of death came, whereas Jesus saved us through his body and blood, and shed upon us.

This Sunday, we celebrate the Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

The feast of Corpus Christi was established during the time of Saint Thomas Aquinas. He wrote so many prayers as we usually use during the liturgy on this feast. And he also wrote so many hymns in honor of the Blessed Sacrament, not only ‘Adoro te’ but also ‘O salutaris hostia’ and ‘Tantum ergo.’

The Church’s teaching on the Eucharist is explored thoroughly in Saint Thomas Aquinas’ theological writings but the heart of it, is expressed beautifully and simply in his Eucharistic hymns.

Catholic Christians continue the journey while we preach the Gospel of Jesus, through the four corners of the world, which when we partake the bread and wine during the Mass, we believe that is the true body and blood of Christ. Jesus lives in us and never abandoned us.

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