"TEACH me so to worship the sacred mystery of your Body and Blood,
that its redeeming power may sanctify us always."
[Concluding Prayer Evening Prayer 1]
Feast of Corpus Christi - 29th May, 2016
This great mysterious feast of the Body & Blood of the Lord, Jesus Christ can bring us to reflect on the Faithfulness of God both in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. To sum it all, to me I see this feast as a celebration, a worship, an adoration of the reality that in my daily journey in life, God is always Faithful to His Covenant. God is always Faithful, God is loyal both to you and to me, despite the fact our reality may seem to be so hopeless, so painful, so meaningless.
Like the people of the Old Testament, I so often see myself struggling to come to terms about why am I not rewarded by my principal, by my teachers, by the Bishop, by fellow priests? I wonder why my holy life, the extra step I take to be present with students at Holy Mass even when I am not required to...Why are my actions not acknowledged, but sometimes it is despised!!!????
I am sure, many of you sound like me, we grumble. We complaint like the people of the Old Testament, we want more; we want water, we want food, we want it in plenty! Yes, God was Faithful to His people in the Old Testament, and God did feed them with manna; bread, that was said, to have fallen out of the sky.
We want things, I want things in plenty, not little! Mind you. So often we want good, big, beautiful things...But, do we need it?
How do we use what we want? If we end up not using our wants correctly, in short, we do not need it.
This Feast of Corpus Christi, I pray, I ask God to purity my wanting, my desires. That I may not only want Him to aid me, but I need Him in my wanting - without Him I cannot remain alive. I need Jesus, who is present in the Bread and Wine to come transform my life, so that I may never grow tired in giving myself to others.
Therefore, make up your mind.
Do you want or do you need?
Two choices, equally good, equally attractive - "WANT" will not necessarily satisfy your desire, but "NEED" will last you till death, and after that, in Eternity.
"Wanting the Bread of Heaven is insufficient.
Unless I Need Him, who is my sure Daily Bread from Heaven,
to descend into my very being - that like Christ Jesus, I may imitate Him in giving myself as bread broken for all.
Unless I need this sure Bread from Heaven, my wants will never be satisfied."
-Br. Kenneth Mary GAN