Last Sunday, we celebrated the solemnity of Corpus Christi, the solemnity celebrating the gift of Christ’s Body and Blood to us. I was reflecting on this special day and my mind drifted back to a few weeks ago when I was the celebrant of the First Communion Mass for a group of second graders….and I began to ruminate on the words of Jesus mentioned in the title of today’s blog in connection with last Sunday’s solemnity….
I must admit that when I began the First Communion Mass and looked out at the second graders, they seemed to be very pre-occupied with what they and others were wearing for the First Communion, how to pose for picture for the families, and in general, seemingly more concerned with their surroundings, than with what they were participating in for the first time. However, as the Mass continued, they seemed almost to become transfixed on what was happening, and as I looked out from the altar, I saw that the girls and boys were really cognizant of what was happening…they approached for reception of Communion with a reverence, a joy, and an awe, that was clearly visible on their faces and in their demeanor….and it reminded me of that scriptural quote in the title of today’s blog…..and then it affected me…..I was the “waiter” so to speak for the Lord’s supper, bring the Bread of Life to these children and I felt a sense of simple joy to be able to act as the “maître’d” so to apeak, at the Lord’s banquet. I was the instrument in God’s hands bringing the Eucharist to these children….and it humbled me and made me full of reverence and awe for the celebration….indeed, in children we find the Truth.
After the First Communion Mass and then again last Sunday I thanked God for giving me the vocation of priesthood and especially allowing me to bring the Eucharist to these children….it is a humbling and exhilarating experience to the “servant” at the Lord’s table, serving the Bread of Life to the children…..and to mindful of the awesomeness of the Lord’s sacred mysteries! May I always wait on the Lord’s table.