This is one of my favourite Sundays. Many years ago when I became a Eucharistic Minister, I served first on this Sunday. Corpus Christi or Body and Blood of Christ Sunday reminds me of the importance of the Eucharist. It reminds me that from ordinary fields comes an extraordinary harvest. Jesus himself has broken His body and spilled His blood so that we all might have Life.
How do we return our thanks for this great gift? Perhaps by recognizing Christ in the bodies around us on the one hand and on the other hand, becoming His hands, feet, and heart in this world. Do you greet others as you would the Risen Christ? Do you look into the eyes of the homeless person begging for money and see the Crucified Lord? Do you see the girl struggling with an eating disorder and see that she is Jesus? Do you see the gang member and find any trace of the Hidden One?
Are your eyes filled with the compassion of Christ? Are your hands wrapping around the skeleton body, praying for healing? Have you stopped judging long enough to hear the story as Jesus so often did? Is your blood being poured out for a cause? Are you exorcising the demons that haunt someone?
From an ordinary field come extraordinary gifts of bread and wine. From an ordinary life, we can change the world. Christ counts on each of us. What will you give back this day in thanksgiving?