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Looking Through the Eyes of Our Heart

     Last year my family had started a 'Good Thing Jar" for 2013. The 'Good Thing Jar' is a jar that every time something good happens to you throughout the day, you write it down on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. Then on December 31st you open the jar and remember all the good things that happened to you through out the year. I loved this idea. After seeing it on facebook and sharing it with each other my family got on board with this idea. As the year progressed, I ended up being the only one writing things. (with the exception of my mom who had written a couple of things)

     So at the end of the year I sat down on the living room couch and opened the jar and reminded myself of all the good things that have happened to me throughout the year-that was an amazing day. It was a 'year in review.' Just the perfect thing I needed to begin 2014.

     Today the church celebrates the Corpus Christi (Which literally translates into Body of the Christ) We celebrate Christ truly present in the Eucharist, through transubstantiation, that Christ left for us at the Last supper. We celebrate the marvellous event of the Eucharist every time we attend the Mass. However, as straightforward as it seems to be, the Mass is an intricate event that takes place. St John Vianney, when speaking about the Mass, once said, “If we really understood the Mass, we would die of Joy” The Mass isn't an event that is just a prayer or two, a couple of bows and singing, it is a complex event where we receive Jesus. Just the thought that we can actually receive Jesus is overwhelmingly comforting.

     Every Mass we celebrate the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Although it happens during that Mass, on that day, it is a meal of the Past. It is a meal of remembrance. We remember the passion of Christ-the suffering that he did to free us from our sins. Mother Teresa said this about the Blood of Christ, “Put your sins in the chalice for the Precious blood to wash away. One drop is capable of washing away the sins of the world.”

     What do we look at during Mass? We look at bread, we look at wine. They are wine and bread. The mind conceives them as being bread and wine. But our heart, our faith, knows that the human gifts of bread and wine have become the body and blood of Christ, after the words of the Consecration.

     Recently I have had the humbling opportunity to assist the priest at the altar, turning the pages for him. Being at the altar, during the time period of the Eucharistic Prayer, has brought this event into a deeper meaning for me. To see, with the eyes of my heart, the bread and wine transformed into the body and blood of Christ is a humbling experience. An experience that makes me feel unworthy to stand at the altar at that time. It is an experience when I am overfilled with a joy I don’t experience anywhere else.

     May we come, today on the feast of Corpus Christi, to realise Christ in the bread at mass. May we come to the table of the Lord with eyes of faith to believe that the bread that is shown, the cup that is given, is the true body and blood of Christ. May we come to find Christ in this remembrance meal. As we partake of this sacred meal, may we remember the sacrifice that Christ made for you and for me. For today, (and every time mass is celebrated) it is repeated in memory.

     When we come to partake of the Eucharistic table, may we come to experience great joy that cannot be found anywhere else. May we come to find true happiness in Christ. May we come to look upon the Bread and wine, with the eyes of faith, and to worship our God, who is truly present in the Bread we receive.


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