Today, on the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ, we renew our faith in the sacrament by which Christ gives life to the Church from age to age. The Gospel reading shows Jesus responding to the needs of the crowd of people who have come to him. He has taught them and healed their sick, and then he feeds them abundantly. Those who had been present at this miracle would remember the day for the rest of their lives.
Jesus entrusts the food to the twelve apostles; they distribute to the people what the Lord has provided. Paul reminds the Christians of Corinth that he passed on to them the gift of the Eucharist that he himself received from the Lord. In the sacrament of the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ is entrusted to the Church’s ministers to be shared among the People of God. The theologian Henri de Lubac said that ‘The Eucharist makes the Church, and the Church makes the Eucharist.’ In the Mass, we are united as one people, nourished for the journey of life, and sent out to make Christ present in the world.