This Sunday we will celebrate the wonder and mystery that is the very source and summit of the Catholic faith. Christ Jesus abiding with us under the appearances of common wheat bread and wine. In some parishes, they have Eucharistic Processions and take Jesus to the streets to solemnly process through the town. Conversions have occurred as a result of these processions at times. How can God come looking like a piece of bread and wine? I'll answer aquestion with a question. How did God come do us looking like a smelly little infant wrapped in swaddling clothes placed in a feed trough?
In honor of the feast of Corpus Christi, I am offering a free download
of my instrumental version of the Eucharistic hymn, Adoro Te Devote, composed by none other than Saint Thomas Aquinas, a 13th century monk who became a Doctor of the Church for his brilliant writings and his profound love and devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist. (To download, click on the hyperlink "free download." This will download a zip file. Then after it is done downloading, Click on the zip file to unzip and play! You can import the file into iTunes or other player. It is mp3 format.)
I devoutly adore you, O hidden Deity,
Truly hidden beneath these appearances.
My whole heart submits to you,
And in contemplating you,
It surrenders itself completely.
Sight, touch, taste are all deceived
In their judgment of you,
But hearing suffices firmly to believe.
I believe all that the Son of God has spoken;
There is nothing truer than this word of truth.
On the cross only the divinity was hidden,
But here the humanity is also hidden.
I believe and confess both,
And ask for what the repentant thief asked.
I do not see the wounds as Thomas did,
But I confess that you are my God.
Make me believe more and more in you,
Hope in you, and love you.
O memorial of our Lord's death!
Living bread that gives life to man,
Grant my soul to live on you,
And always to savor your sweetness.
wash me clean with your blood,
One drop of which can free
the entire world of all its sins.
Jesus, whom now I see hidden,
I ask you to fulfill what I so desire:
That the sight of your face being unveiled
I may have the happiness of seeing your glory. Amen