Feast of Corpus Christi

“Give Them Something to Eat”

By John Dalla Costa

I wish you could see what I see.

The Body of Christ.

I wish you could see what I see as a Eucharistic minister.

The Body of Christ.

I wish you could see face to face those who come to receive holy communion.

The Body of Christ.

I wish you could see the longing eyes, the loving eyes, the wondering eyes, the quiet eyes, the confident eyes, the knowing eyes, the hungry eyes, the suffering eyes, the trusting eyes, the fervent eyes, the wise eyes, the searching eyes, the pleading eyes, the humble eyes, the revering eyes, that behold the upraised host as they come one by one to receive it.

The Body of Christ.

I wish you could see the soft hands, student hands, children’s hands, beseeching hands, callused hands, tentative hands, welcoming hands, mothers’ hands, fathers’ hands, gnarled hands, powerful hands, gentle hands, open in beckoning to hold Jesus.

The Body of Christ.

I wish you could see the glee, the awe, the utter humility, the abandon, the determination, the fierce wanting, the persistence, the relief, the friendship, the happiness, the holiness, the hesitation, the intrigue, the belonging, which get revealed in between the “Amen” and receiving the host.

The Body of Christ.

I wish you could see this procession from the perspective of the altar, as old and young, rich and poor, strong and infirm, flow forward with common purpose, where all our differences from race, culture, gender, status, nationality, expertise, ideology, occupation, education, and disposition, dissolve in the moment of communion.

The Body of Christ.

As the line winds down, I wish I could see others there, especially friends and family who have fallen away from the faith, or who for various reasons experience exclusion from our church.

The Body of Christ.

When I return to my pew I usually feel that something hidden about this most precious sacrament has been revealed to me simply from being present to others receiving the Lord. However jumbled my thoughts or incomplete my prayers, the gift and grace are urgently real because others have helped me see Jesus anew.

The Body of Christ.