Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
Glenna Smith, OSB, Benedictine Sisters of Virgina, Bristow, VA
This Feast of Corpus Christi, of the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, can take us to the heart of God’s gift to us and to our part in the Incarnation. Yes, the Eucharist is the source and summit of our life in Christ. Yes, the Blessed Sacrament is the real presence of Jesus. Yes, we who believe and who eat and drink of his flesh will live forever. Yes, we do believe.
Whoever eats and drinks of Jesus’ body and blood is also intended to be “real presence” for the life of the world. The Blessed Sacrament is real presence, indeed, and so are we to be. Yes, that means you and me. Yes, that means you and I are real presence. If Christ is truly our way, our truth, and our life, the Incarnation gives us the opportunity and the responsibility of being the presence of Christ for others. In the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, particularly at the Last Supper, we are shown and we learn we are expected to be the very presence of Christ. May we nourish and be nourished by that love of God present and available in each of us.
Sister Glenna Smith entered the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia in 1977 and has served her community and their ministries for 40+ years as teacher, prefect, camp director, counselor, principal and administrator, school psychologist, member of various boards, formation director, monastery coordinator, and subprioress. She was privileged to serve the Federation of Saint Scholastica as president from 2010-2014.