Note that for today’s feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, the prayers offered do not employ the language of technical theology, and we are spared lessons about “transubstantiation” and “confecting the Sacrament,” and so on. Rather, we hear beautiful and rich prayers that are wise, not intellectualistic: “Grant, O Lord, that we may delight for all eternity in that share in your divine life, which is foreshadowed by our reception of your precious Body and Blood.” Well done! Every faithful Catholic, and other Christians as well, can pray these words from the heart, because they are truthful and genuine prayer, rather an attempt at “doctrinal purity.” Implicitly, this prayer speaks a highly important truth: That the goal of the Eucharistic celebration is nothing less than “sharing in Your divine life.”
The gift of the Eucharist is priceless, in part because it keeps before the eyes of faith the profound truth that “I AM with you always, even to the end of the ages.” The Eucharist reminds the faithful visibly that the same God fully present in Jesus Christ is present here and now in his consecrated Body and Blood, and in the faithful who come to commune with the living God and with one another in love and truth. The Eucharist continues the divine act of “Incarnation,” of God-becoming-flesh. All of this, and more, is expressed in today’s opening prayer: “Lord God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.” Come, let us share the feast.