“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Matthew, 28, Verse 19
“While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it, he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat, this is my body.’”
Matthews, 26, Verse 26
These verses from Matthew encompass two special feast days in the liturgical calendar of mainstream Christian churches – the celebration of the Trinity and the celebration of Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ. Along with the celebrations of the Ascension and Pentecost, these two feast days are like a “last hurrah” after the rich drama of the Easter Season, and they lead us into the long quiet period of “ordinary time” that will eventually lead us back into the celebration of the birth of Christ.
At the heart of these two feast days lie the central mysteries of Christian faith: the three persons in the one God, and the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The Father sent the Son and the Son promised the Spirit, and we need all three to accomplish our spiritual journey. Jesus gave us Himself not just in His personal sacrifice on the cross for our salvation, but also in the intimate sacrament of the Eucharist. As we ponder these mysteries, let us also remember that we are the Body of Christ.
“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” Corinthians 12:27
It is now up to us to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations”
23 June 2014