The Eucharist, the "breaking of the bread", is so much a part of our communities as seen through our vibrant liturgical services, particularly our Masses, our devotion to the Eucharist through Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and through our community service. These represent our mission to the Body of Christ, the Church.
The breaking of the bread, as highlighted in our readings today, symbolizes the greatest gift of Christ to his beloved - his own self, his body blessed and broken in the altar of the Holy Eucharist. As Christ's disciples, we share in this great mystery of his sacrifice. We are also blessed and broken - shared to others as bread that gives life.
After having been in quarantine for several weeks, it is timely that we resume celebrating the Eucharist again as communities coming together in faith, but also with conscious awareness of everyone's health and safety, on the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. This pandemic has taken a great toll on our faith celebrations, especially the Eucharist, but we are grateful to God that our faith is still strong in Him.
Today is the best time to examine ourselves and our community at large. Have we become bread for others? Have we nourished, encouraged, sustained, forgave, and loved others the way that Christ does? Are our communities faithful to our call to become Eucharistic communities - communities that truly embrace everyone and give life to others?
Let us ask our Blessed Mother to help us become living bread - blessed, broken and shared - just as her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.