The addition of today’s feast to the church calendar was primarily the result of the work of 13th-century Augustinian nun Juliana of Liège. She worked in her convent’s hospital nursing the sick. During this time she reported having visions of Christ reminding her that there was no feast for the Holy Sacrament. She persuaded Saint Thomas Aquinas to compose a special prayer to honor the Blessed Sacrament, and in 1264 Pope Urban IV made Corpus Christi a feast day. Today is a fitting day to ponder what it might mean for us to give ourselves “body and soul” to the Good News, as Jesus did. A familiar saying of the Early Fathers of the Church was “Become what you eat, the Body of Christ,” and I might add, for each other.
“The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ?”
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