In lieu of a homily on this feast of the Corpus Christi, I invite you to read the words of one of the greatest mystics and doctors of the Church, St. Teresa Avila. Her words are so true and so moving; any commentary is but footnote.
Christ has no body now,
No hands, no feet on earth,
Yours are the eyes
through which He looks
with compassion on this world.
Yours are the feet
with which He walks
to do good.
Yours are the hands
through which He blesses
all the world.
Yours are the hands,
yours are the feet,
yours are the eyes,
you are His body.
Christ has no body now on earth
If you wish, listen to the words set to song by David Ogden.
This reflection is based on John 16:12-15 on the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity.
We could talk theology as usual, resorting to the familiar formula of the three divine Persons in one God. Or we could opt to discuss its spiritual message–how community life among us is perfectly exemplified by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And if you prefer, we could also simply wax poetry because there is so much poetry in this mystery in the very concrete and visual way it suggests how God, by His very nature, is love.
This reflection is based on John 20:19-23 and Acts 2:1-11 on the occasion of Pentecost Sunday.
Pentecost Sunday is the day we recall how as promised, the Holy Spirit descended upon the Lord’s disciples. The narrative is dramatic: the disciples huddled in fear (despite the Lord’s resurrection!), the gust of a strong wind, a vision of descending flames, and the miraculous gift of tongue. What is more remarkable than the gift of tongue, however, is the disciples’ newfound courage to preach the Good News. It is a testament to what the Spirit can enable us to do when it descends upon us.
This reflection is based on Luke 24:46-53 for Ascension Sunday.
This parting with the disciples as the Lord is taken up to heaven–that makes two goodbyes in a row.
A little over a month earlier, they’ve just been through that long, emotional goodbye at the Last Supper, the night of the Lord’s arrest and the eve of his crucifixion. Things are different now: Unlike then, this time the disciples have come to understand that Jesus is indeed Lord, raised by God from a death horrible and humiliating beyond words. Who would have known he would muster a comeback like that?