“Brothers and sisters: The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?”
(1 Corinthians 10:16)
You probably want to know what I mean by “God’s healing math.” I speak not as a mathematician! But as a fellow pilgrim on the same Journey of Faith that you’re on.
In my mission experience, the more I give, the more I receive. Acts of charity and compassion create a two-way street with a return address that usually belongs to me. Some call it a law of the universe. I call it God’s healing math. Love begets more love.
Today is the feast of Corpus Christi and Friday is the feast of the Sacred Heart—two major observances in the life of our Church that represent Christ’s limitless love for us. Corpus Christi is the very essence of our faith. To participate in the Body and Blood of Christ through the Eucharist is to accept new life and be renewed by it. In moments of renewal, we witness Christ’s love as never before. That’s what enables us to serve better, to show more compassion, and to heal ourselves in the process. It’s fuel for the soul.
“Do this in memory of me.” The words that I say at the Consecration of the Mass are all about life. And sacrifice as well. It was through his death on the Cross that Jesus gave us eternal life. That’s why we are strengthened when we give ourselves up to God and one another in memory of Christ’s passion. Through acts of selflessness and sacrifice, we witness God’s eternal love and become worthy of the salvation he promised.
Friend, God’s love for us is boundless and not subject to any mathematical formula—except the ones we invent! However we try to quantify God’s passionate love for humankind, we will always come up short. But if you want a glimpse of infinity, celebrate the Eucharist with me today, virtually or in your parish church if possible, on the feast of Corpus Christi. I think you’ll experience God’s healing math.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.
Corpus Christi Sunday
We praise, honor and worship You,
Jesus, in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist
through which you strengthen and empower us
to become more and more like You
who came to earth to be more like us In
everything but sin.
Help us to follow You more faithfully
by loving and forgiving others,
as You forgave all of us from the cross.
Help us to be mirrors of Your grace
to everyone we meet today
especially those who suffer physically,
mentally or spiritually.
Above all, most merciful savior,
open our eyes to seek and recognize You
even in the least of our brothers and sisters,
for in helping them carry their cross
we are helping You carry Yours
when at length we join with all Your children,
our brothers and sisters, as together
we become the Living Body of Christ.
Prayer by Father Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.