June 11, 2023
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Nourished by Jesus
For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
John 6:55

One of the most wonderful parts of the celebration of this feast, worldwide, is the procession. A few years ago, I witnessed the huge, elaborate Corpus Christi procession in Seville, Spain. It took hours and featured hundreds of women, men and children, large floats, statues of saints and, of course, the Blessed Sacrament, taken through the city streets strewn with rosemary.

I’ve witnessed smaller processions, as well, around the block of my home parish or around the grounds of a school or convent. No matter how large or small, the message is the same and very important, I think. In the Eucharist, Jesus nourishes us with himself. Our bodily nourishment has a purpose: to strengthen us to love and serve in this world. So it is with this spiritual nourishment, given to us not to stay inside but to take and share it with that earthly city in whatever way we can

Jesus, nourish and strengthen me so that I might share your love.

- Amy Welborn

Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a • Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20 • 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 • John 6:51-58

Comments

June 11, 2023 at 08:49 PM

The parade around my church today was amazing. Jesus, You are alive in me. I am so grateful for the gift of Your sacrifice once for all. Please teach me how to bring others to the Life that is Jesus I ask this in Jesus Name Amen Amen Amen

June 11, 2023 at 06:49 PM

Hello Amy, As usual whenever I read the writer's insight into the spiritual passage, my instincts tell me it's Amy. I have been to Seville but not during a procession. I love to travel and reading about your travels and how you tie them into bringing GOD and HIS LOVE to all we meet is a good concept to live and travel by. Thank you!

Kimberly Riley Respond to comment
June 11, 2023 at 02:06 PM

All the comments are so inspiring. And some day I hope to join in the Spain procession. What an amazing faith building experience. Reminded in prayer this morning, He equips us to “go” as ambassadors of heaven. As we read His word, spend time in His presence, He gives us grace to reach out and help others. Joy of the Lord is your strength and in His presence is fullness of Joy. As we listen to His scriptures our faith is strengthened and we are more untuned to His voice. Mark 16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. We come boldly to the throne of God. We then go help others. So they may know the love of the Father. Amen

June 11, 2023 at 12:40 PM

I am a convert and then was a lukewarm Catholic for many years. For this reason I'm not really familiar with the Corpus Christi procession. But as I read today's reflection, it made me think of the slow procession we make to the altar every Sunday to receive the body and blood of Jesus. It is here that I see the face of God in my fellow parishioners. The mother carrying her baby, the small children with their little arms folded across their chests, moms and dads who have four, five, six kids in tow, and of course the elderly - some with walkers or canes but they are determined to get there. All of us approaching the altar for the same reason - to receive Jesus. We really are one body. It's truly amazing.

June 11, 2023 at 11:50 AM

Amy thanks for the description of that procession. It must have been terrific. Amy I always enjoy your reflections and comments. Living faith family two reading from the wisdom of the saints book I would like to share. June 10 "Let us become Like. Since Christ became like us Heassumed the worst that he may give us the better he became poor that we through his poverty might be rich "Saint Gregory of NAZIANZEN. June 11 "It is a loving act to show sadness when our dear ones are torn from us. But it is a holy act to be joyful through hope and trust in the promises of God" Saint Paulinas of Nola. Know it late in the day especially for Bill but just read them. Ken

Amy Welborn
June 11, 2023 at 01:27 PM

Thanks so much for the kind words!

June 11, 2023 at 11:16 AM

Great reflection Amy and I can feel that the procession in Seville is a strong, powerful and permanent memory. @Anne I love your post that Jesus didn’t leave it so we would starve us for his presence. We experience many ways and most importantly through the Eucharist. Continued prayers for Bill L., Suzan, Marko, Carl, Maryanne, and the LFF.

June 11, 2023 at 11:08 AM

Continued prayers for the Ukraine and the Sudan. Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world! You sent Your Son, the Prince of Peace, for the salvation of the world. We pray that the Peace of Christ will reign in Ukraine and Sudan. Please protect and send aid to those in Ukraine and Sudan and all who are at-risk. We pray for peace – we who are working towards it and for all who are in danger from this conflict. We pray for an end to violence and war – we pray for wisdom for all leaders who have a hand in this. Lord God please help those in most need of thy mercy. Amen

June 11, 2023 at 09:10 AM

Amen.

June 11, 2023 at 08:52 AM

Amen God bless you all.

June 11, 2023 at 08:35 AM

Jesus did not leave us to starve for His presence and loving care. We are able to fully unite ourselves with Him in the Holy Eucharist each time we receive His precious body and blood under the appearance of bread and wine. It is sad that many Catholics do not believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist; perhaps the reason why the respect and awesomeness is not seen with most communicants. This is a basic teaching of our faith and needs to be taught to our children. This is where the loss of so many of our Catholic elementary schools is strongly felt.

June 11, 2023 at 08:26 AM

Amen.

June 11, 2023 at 08:11 AM

Amen...encouraging words Amy...thank you...blessed Sunday LFF

June 11, 2023 at 07:24 AM

Amen. :)

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