I used to live in community with a very holy Jesuit Brother. Br. John Masterson taught me a great deal about not taking for granted the gift of my daily access to the Eucharist, especially in a world where so many devout Catholics, especially in remote areas, do not have access to a regular celebration of the Eucharist. Likewise, in these pandemic times, most Catholics must rely on television or livestreaming celebrations.

Br. John used to regularly comment that he felt so privileged. All he had to do was walk out of his room and take about twenty paces to reach the house chapel, where there was a tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament and Mass was celebrated at 7:30 a.m. each day. I think of him as we acknowledge the Feast of Corpus Christi.

There is a line from the Sequence from the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ that refers to the “living and life-giving Bread.” It calls to mind the words from Jesus about giving bread “for the life of the world.” Jesus says, in the Gospel for Corpus Christi that his blood is “poured out for many.” In other words, the Eucharist must make a difference in our lives.

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