What shall I render to the Lord, for all the things he hath rendered unto me? (Ps 116:12)
My Dear Brethren,
Today we attempt to render honour and thanks to God for the greatest gift: the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of God-made-Man – Corpus Christi - which is given to us under the appearances of bread and wine in order that God may communicate Himself to our souls.
There are three great mysteries of faith by which God communicates Himself:
The three mysteries are like three links in a chain by which man is taken up, to be elevated and united to the Divinity.
These three mysteries reveal the very nature of God as Goodness in the perpetual act of diffusing Itself, giving Itself, communicating Itself.
It is no surprise, therefore, that the Body of Christ is called Holy Communion when given to men, because by it, God communicates Himself to a soul and a soul that communicates worthily gives all it has back to God: its body, its faculties, and chief among these, its intellect and in its will.
Communication or communion is a two-way thing: God gives Himself to man and man gives himself to God. This communion is the essence of the act of love.
Receiving Holy Communion worthily, is in fact the greatest act of love that can exist on Earth between a soul and God.
God gives Himself most fully (Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity) to a soul, the soul, if it receives worthily, gives itself fully back to God so that the communion of God and the soul is complete.
Other sacraments, of course, as channels of grace, communicate the Divine Life to souls but none so perfectly as the sacrament of Holy Communion and none so provocatively of a return of that total gift of self.
What shall I render to the Lord, for all the things he hath rendered unto me? Ps 116:12
We can render honour and thanks God for this great gift of Himself by making his dwelling place fitting for him: a clean and beautiful church, clean linens, beautiful vestments, beautiful liturgy etc. But more important is the interior dwelling place – our souls. The best way to honour and thank God for this infinite gift of Himself is to receive Him worthily in Holy Communion which means receiving Him with:
Perhaps if we imagine how the Blessed Virgin Mary received Holy Communion, we might be inspired to prepare ourselves with greater devotion! Let us ask her for this grace during this Mass: that we receive the Body of her Son as she did so that, elevated and wrapped in the Divinity, we may render an honour and thanks to God which is fitting for the that which is rendered unto us – the gift of Himself: Corpus Christi. Deo gratias.