As we continue into the second week of this lockdown, though we are more accustomed to the restrictions and isolation, yet it is still not that easy for many people. On the positive side, it is a good opportunity for many of us to pause for a while and be more reflective and more in tune with our global events, especially the ravaging effect of COVID-19 in India, and the political turmoil in Myanmar.

More than ever, the pandemic has made us realise that we are part of the global family, where something so small and invisible could impact the whole world. More than ever, the isolation has made us want to be more connected and we long to have interactions with one another. More than ever, we realise that we are created to live in relationship with God and with other people.

The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, apart from the many theological understandings of Jesus’ love for us expressed in His self sacrifice and the new covenant established at the last supper, more basically is the offer of exchange between heaven and earth when humans are fed with that most sacred food, God’s Self. It is the experience and embrace between the human and divine. As people of faith who consume the Body and Blood of Christ, we also share in that one body. All people around the world who take part in the eucharist, share that sacred bond with God and with one another.

On this Feast Day, let us gaze upon the Body and Blood of Christ and gaze upon the need of our world, knowing that we are all in it together.

Fr Trung Nguyen SJ, Parish Priest