Another Solemnity, first Pentecost, then the Most Holy Trinity and now the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ will be celebrated this coming Sunday. So much theological depth in three weeks!

So how can we plumb this last Solemnity? Firstly, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is the Church's official act of homage and gratitude to Christ, who by instituting the Holy Eucharist gave to the Church her greatest treasure.[1]  For Christ is truly present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the sacred species.

Everyone is interested in treasure – whatever treasure that may consist of in their life. Pause a moment and think what really is your treasure.

Jesus did not leave us a statue, a photograph, a relic. He wanted to continue to be present among his disciples as nourishment.[2]

St. Thomas Aquinas does not beat about the bush, he simply says, or rather profoundly says, the Holy Eucharist is our “greatest treasure.”

"O banquet most precious! O banquet most admirable! O banquet overflowing with every spiritual delicacy! Can anything be more excellent than this repast, which not the flesh of goats and heifers, as of old, but Christ the true God is given us for nourishment? . . . In this sacrament sins are purged away, virtues are increased; the soul is satiated with an abundance of every spiritual gift. No other sacrament is so beneficial. Since it was instituted unto the salvation of all, it is offered by Holy Church for the living and for the dead, that all may share in its treasures.”[3]

Indeed, the Eucharist is the starting point of our faith, humbly receiving Jesus. And it is the greatest height our faith can reach, union with our Creator.[4]

The Catechism teaches us “in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ Himself.” [5]

So what are you and I waiting for? Surely we must seek out this greatest Treasure, Christ Himself, our greatest Treasure!

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP






[5] Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1324).

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