Adoring Christ in Sacrament and Service

Fr Admos spoke at our Corpus Christi Holy Hour, as part of #Adorate2021. Here is the text of his brief homily:

We begin our celebration of the solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Most Holy Body and Blood of our Lord. It is a feast to reflect on Christ’s words from John 6:56: whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in that person. Although it is a solemn reminder of the passion of Christ, it also gives renewal and reassurance that God is still WITH us and IN us.

Our gathering tonight to ADORE Christ in the Blessed Sacrament is a fitting way to begin our celebration of Corpus Christi.  We praise and thank God for MASS in this gathering. The Society for Catholic Priests has been running some very informative short videos on Facebook. Do watch these if you have not done so already. I like these as collectively they relate adoration to our individual relationships with God.

In his compilation: An African Prayer Book, Nobel Prize Laureate and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu relates the story of a farmer who used to come into a church and sit quietly in church for long periods of silence before the Blessed Sacrament. When he was asked about this practice, he replied, “I look at him and he looks at me and it is enough.” In other words, the value of adoration is not in its simplicity but in the direct relationship with Christ it builds.  Christ is present with US and in US. In the farmer’s words, God is in HIS presence and he relates to him in real time. You can almost feel this interaction in the way this is expressed. We probably all feel the same tonight. When we come to adore Christ in the Blessed Sacrament we are doing more than just looking and him and being looked at in return. We are cultivating a relationship with Christ by being in HIS presence. In HIS presence we can be ourselves, bare our souls and bodies. We are also listening to what Christ is saying to us in return. The Eucharist nourishes and transforms us.  It nourishes us and creates bonds of continuity with those before and those who will come after us.

Our Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is ongoing and will go on forever because each one of us as individuals day by day continue to discover new aspects of God’s beauty, holiness and goodness that calls for adoration. After a year like we have had with Covid-19 and as we slowly emerge from what one of our witty parishioners called ‘collective house arrest’, we have new reasons to adore Christ even more! Many of us have received Holy Communion after a year, what a special feeling of presence this has been! To be in Christ’s physical presence. In Christ’s presence we bring our souls and bodies to be spiritually strengthened, to be healed and to be renewed to continue to do more of God’s work. Beyond the sacramental, the best way to ADORE Christ is in service. As our patron saint St John Chrysostom’s has said:

“What good is it if the Eucharistic table is overloaded with golden chalices when your brother is dying of hunger? Start by satisfying his hunger and then with what is left you may adorn the altar as well.”

Our celebrations of the HOLY MASS must reflect adoration with service and love for his creation. Through the Mass, Christ comes alive in each one of us inspiring us to demonstrate that love of Christ in action for his creation.  AMEN

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St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2364267899/
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