MANILA, June 8, 2015—Contrary to what cynics say, “forever” indeed exists and this eternity can be found where most people least expect it: in the Eucharist.
In his homily on Sunday, June 7, for Corpus Christi—the “Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord”—Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle reminded hundreds of Catholics gathered at Santa Cruz Church that Jesus is ever present in the Eucharist, noting how His Body and Blood are the real and visible manifestations of His covenant with the Church.
According to Tagle, the moment the Lord entered into a covenant with His people, it is as good as forever given that it is not just a mere contract or an ordinary agreement, because it effects the union of hearts and lives.
“There is no [Catholic] church we can think of where the tabernacle displays a placard that says: ‘The Lord is on a day-off’ or ‘Jesus is not in the tabernacle at the moment. He will come back in an hour.’ People often fail to keep their promise, but never Jesus. We are like that, but not Him,” he said.
Reason to hope
“It is for this that the world has enough reason to be hopeful. Thanks to this covenant, the sins of the world are washed away,” he explained.
“The covenant can be summed up in this way: I am your God and you are My people. I am yours and you are Mine. Our life is one. We are on the same journey. Wherever you will go, I will keep you company,” he added.
Full of joy
In this regard, the prelate invited those who partake of the Eucharist and frequent the Blessed Sacrament to allow themselves to be filled with heavenly joy.
Tagle went on to assure them that no matter what happens, even when they feel lonely and abandoned, they can always find comfort in the fact that Someone laid down His life and shed His blood for their sake.
“It may come to a point when the world will betray you, but always know that Jesus in the Eucharists remains faithful to you. Take courage. If you are embarassed to face God with all your iniquities and all your infidelities, fear not … Jesus is there to wait for you,” he stressed.
‘Be what you receive’
Quoting St. Augustine, the recently elected president of Caritas Internationalis invited the faithful to “Be what you receive.”
“Whenever you receive Christ, strive to become like Him,” he exclaimed. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)