The Body and Blood of Christ

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Today the Church celebrates the Feast of The Body and Blood of Christ, or Corpus Christi. All of the readings today point to the Eucharist, the source and summit of our faith. The Gospel reading from Mark 14 is the scene at the Last Supper, where Jesus pronounces the words of institution - "This is my body...This is my blood."

I’ve read statistics that say that a large majority of Catholics don’t believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. I so hope that that is inaccurate. Many say that it is symbolic. Because of this, the US bishops have had the Church engaged in Eucharistic Revival, which culminates this July with a Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis. I want to encourage you to study authentic Catholic teaching on the Eucharist. As Catholics, we believe that Jesus said what He meant and meant what He said. The Biblical evidence is incontrovertible. On this Feast of Corpus Christi, let us thank God that Jesus gave us the way to eat His Body and drink His Blood throughout all time.

Father, we thank you for the gift of the Eucharist. Strengthen our belief in the Body and Blood of Christ. Amen.

Today’s Readings

To learn more about the Church's teachings on the Eucharist, download the one-hour teaching from, and order a set of A Minute in the Church.


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