6-14-20 – Most Holy Body ^ Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
As we celebrate The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, we hear Jesus tell people he is “the living bread that came down from heaven” and that “whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.” If we reflect on this passage using imaginative Gospel contemplation, we put ourselves in Jesus’ presence, listening to this man speak of “true food… and true drink.” The words “flesh and blood” used together convey for us a very rich meaning, reflecting on how St. Ignatius identifies the Eucharist as “the greatest mark of God’s love.” It is the place where Jesus is! Considering that the Ignatian way calls us to be close to Jesus, here we meet Jesus in the most intimate relationship, receiving his body and blood. God brings himself to us in love and we in gratitude are compelled to return that love in our everyday living.
Ignatian spirituality offers us a vision of love. Ignatius believed that active loving was God’s most outstanding quality. We have all been loved and have known loving relationships: parents, siblings, children, spouse, friends, extended family. One of life’s greatest blessings is having someone truly care about you. Consider that you are God’s beloved son or daughter, created out of love that doesn’t need to be earned; it just is! Reflect on not just who you are, but whose you are. God’s love is poured forth unconditionally, abundantly, and constantly. God’s blessings invite us to love in return. Imagine God gazing down at you and saying ‘I love you and always will! This is a beautiful vision of God to accompany us and sustain us on our spiritual journey. Let us make the choice to return our hearts to him, as we direct our actions and thoughts in gratitude and love.