Nourishing and feeding our bodies to sustain life is essential. Without food and drink, we would perish. On the other hand, we live in a society where food is readily available in abundant supply, so much so, that there is a growing concern over obesity. Each day we make choices on how we nourish our bodies with food that not only sustains but keeps us healthy, e.g., fruits and vegetables, whole grains and protein in judicious amounts. Healthy food choices can sometimes make the difference between good health or poor health.
On the faith side of life, Christ invites us to nourish our bodies and spirits, nourish our spiritual lives through regular prayer, quiet reflection and meditation and coming together on Sundays to receive the Gift of Eucharist, the very life of the Lord that we celebrate today on this feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, formerly known as Corpus Christi Sunday. Listening to the living word of God, participating in Eucharist is part of a healthy lifestyle, helping us to prioritize our activities on Sunday. My heart goes out to those families that struggle with balancing weekend activities, sports, gymnastics, extracurricular activities and more that make it difficult for families to worship together, to come to the Eucharistic banquet on Saturday or Sunday. Without that grounding activity does Sunday just become like any other day? Is it just another day to get things done? Or is there room for some Sabbath rest?
Part of the Sabbath is giving our bodies time to rest and rejuvenate so that we can prepare for work throughout the week. Part of Sabbath rest is giving thanks to God for all the gifts God gives to us. Part of Sabbath rest is to remember who made us and who breathes life into us. Now that school is over, I hope that families can engage in rest, Sunday rest and come to Mass wherever you find yourselves on vacation or here at home. We need to breathe in Christ’s life regularly and be nourished by Christ.
Today we honor the presence of Christ in the Eucharist, the greatest gift of all that we receive and is given to us. How can we be a sign of the Eucharist, Christ’s life in the world? Let us do the best we can to lead healthy lives, make good food choices, make time for the Lord to celebrate the Eucharist and be good stewards of the gifts God gives to us.