When we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, we are professing our belief in Jesus, the Word Incarnate, present wholly and entirely in the consecrated bread and wine, the Body and Blood of Christ. Throughout the past weeks, the haunting image of 215 nameless indigenous children buried in a residential school cemetery kept coming to mind.

As this school in Kamloops, BC was a Roman Catholic school, they probably received the Body of Christ in Holy Communion. What did the Body of Christ mean to them Was it a source of spiritual nourishment or consolation or just another example of hypocrisy and violence in the name of “religion”.

To make it even worse, Mass would have been said in Latin, another foreign language, when they had been stripped of their own language, ritual, culture and worship. They would have seen Jesus hanging on a cross, while they were being crucified every day, by people who professed the love of God.

Praise the Lord

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