Four Sundays ago, the universal Church remembered our Lord Jesus Christ’s Ascension, when He left this mortal world, not to return until the End Days.
In leaving, our Lord bade a last farewell to His faithful disciples and, knowing full well how bereft they would be, He made sure we are not abandoned — that although:
“the world will not see me anymore . . .
I will not leave you as orphans” (John 14:19, 18)
Jesus made two promises to ensure we would not be left “as orphans”:
(1) The Father will send the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Triune Godhead:
“And I will ask the Father,
and He will give you another advocate
to help you and be with you forever —
the Spirit of truth.
The world cannot accept Him,
because it neither sees Him nor knows Him.
But you know Him,
for He lives with you
and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17)
(2) We will have His Body and Blood:
“I will not leave you as orphans;
I will come to you.” (John 14:18)
Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, when we remember and celebrate the new Covenant that our Lord made with His Body and Blood, with all who believe in Him — Jew and Gentile.
1 Corinthians 11:23-25
[T]he Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over,
took bread, and, after he had given thanks,
broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
How thoughtful and loving our Lord is!
Talk to Him.
Tell Him your troubles and fears.
And tell Him, often and always, that you love Him with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength.