A blessed and grace-filled Solemnity of Corpus Christi! To our Canadian readers, at least, where this day is moved from its regular Thursday, recalling the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper, to the following Sunday, for ‘pastoral reasons’. For this feast is one of the ten days of obligation in the universal Church, and our bishops realize – sadly – that most Canadians would shrug, or be oblivious, and not go to Mass on Thursday during the work-week, putting themselves into an objective state of grave sin.
But this raises deeper questions, does it not? The secularization of society, the cooling off of devotion and fervour, or outright disdain for the Holy Eucharist, which preceded these Covid days, has only been exacerbated by endless lockdowns and further pastoral dispensations from Sunday obligation.
How far we are from the mindset of the early Christians – sine Dominico, non possumus! We cannot live without the Lord!, whose direct reference is to the Holy Eucharist, the Bread of Life, which, as Father Callam rightly points out, we should strive to receive daily, if circumstances permit, but at least weekly, and on those ten other feast days of obligation.