The school year is almost over. For St. Casimir’s school, the last day is this Friday. However, it appears that USC now has to go to school June 6 and 7. (I assume that’s what “student contact days” are.) What a great time of year! My graduation open houses are increasing every weekend. Speaking of graduation, I want to profusely apologize to the graduates of St. Casimir. We told them to dress up and come for a recognition and a blessing. However, I blew it. I forgot. So I apologize. We thank you for your time and all the ways you have contributed to the faith community in these first 18 years or so of your lives. Thank you.
This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi…or in English the Solemnity of the Body of Christ. Every survey I have ever seen says that only about a third of Catholics believe that the bread and wine become and are actually the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. This isn’t some teaching that the Catholic Church made up along the way. Early Christians believed in the Real Presence, that at the consecration, the priest, with the power of God, changes the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. It may look the same as it did before the Consecration, but it is not the same. St. Paul talks about the Real Presence in 1 Corinthians, chapters 10 and 11. What an awesome gift!!! The Creator of the universe comes to us in the appearance of bread and wine. Not only did God take on human nature, but God take on the appearance of bread and wine. What a loving humble God we have! God is willing to come under the appearance of bread and wine just so that He can physically become part of us. God took on human nature so that we could take on some of His divine nature. Please, especially this weekend, do not take the receiving of the Eucharist for granted.