Today is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ. In today's Gospel, Jesus gives specific orders to His disciples, and they follow. He is the head. We are His members.

The Eucharist comforts us, but it should also challenge us. The Gospel today starts with the preparation for the Passover meal, the memorable encounter with Jesus in the Last Supper, and ends with the disciples going out with Jesus to the Mount of Olives to perform whatever mission or face the eventuality ahead of them. The Eucharist should cleanse us, strengthen us, and empower us to carry out our mission.

Today we remember the many priests and Eucharistic ministers who bring the Eucharist, risking life and limb for the nourishment of their brothers and sisters in Christ. The missionaries, in particular, who have left not only their wheelchairs but even their homes, friends, countries, and family members to bring the Eucharist to distant foreign lands, braving deprivation, loneliness, and even persecution. Yes, we thank all the people who have helped nourish our faith through the Eucharist.

When you are stressed with all sorts of requests and demands from other people, remember the Eucharist and your mission to share. When people remember you or come to you only when they need you, consider it a privilege to be given the opportunity to serve and to share.

Lord, give me the grace and the strength to serve and to share You to your people. Amen.

​Fr. Dante