Corpus Christi (C) 2019

The reason we have the Mass is that Jesus of Nazareth asked us (his followers) to do what he had done at the Last Supper as a way of remembering Him ( that is everything that Our God has and will do for his creation, especially human beings). The Eucharists exists, not as a separate entity but as part of what He (Jesus) did at the Last Supper.

‘Do this in memory of me’ He said to his followers. He did not say when they should do it or how often they should do it. While to ‘do this in memory of me’ is a direct request of Jesus, when we do it or how often we do it is a purely human regulation. While I can clearly see the reasons for these human regulations I can also clearly see how these human regulations can and do change what should be a happy and joyful gathering into a burdensome and often boring repetition. Then it becomes an obligation with a sanction attached. Hardly what Jesus of Nazareth had in mind.

I think that there should not be a separate feast of corpus christi.
The Eucharist, which is inseparable from the Mass, tends to be treated as a separate entity and worshipped and adored as such. (We have adoration of the Blessed Sacrament rather than adoration of God, the Holy Trinity)
To me it is a bit like adoring some work of God’s hand rather than adoring God Himself.
Many will argue that adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is adoration of God and that the visible host or tabernacle helps to focus ones attention.
This is true but it is also true that the Host can, for many, take the place of God as the object of worship. For example we have Benediction straight after Mass (what a strange custom even if you do like it). We have 40 hours adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We have religious orders whose whole existence is centred round perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
You can argue that our Church has endorsed these practises, which to my mind is begging the question, as our Church has endorsed many questionable practises down the years.

From the beginning of Christianity, the Mass (‘do this in memory of me’) was the central act of worship for Christians. The Host (the bread consecrated at Mass) was only physically separate from Mass when brought to the sick who could not get to Mass, as a symbol of their spiritual presence at, and participation in, the Mass.

Then for convenience sake some Hosts were kept after mass for later distribution to the sick. This safe place for keeping the Hosts was called the tabernacle. Then people started praying to the Host in the tabernacle. Then gradually a whole cult and liturgy evolved around these Hosts.
The Blessed Sacrament (the Host) only has meaning within the Mass and with reference to the Mass. All cultic liturgies and practises involving the Blessed Sacrament must be firmly anchored to the Mass and refer directly to the Mass (the Last Supper).

What is wrong with approaching God my Father directly? Does approaching God indirectly, through some saint or through his mother, or through some symbol or relic etc. reveal a certain lack of trust in and suspicion of, God’s love, care, and compassion for me?

I am not condemning these indirect approaches to God (use them if you find them helpful) but do think of what I have said and do not be afraid to recalibrate your approach to your God.

Eucharistic ministers might try to focus the sick person’s mind on the celebration of the worshipping community from which the Eucharist emanates.