Your main intention in Communion should be to grow, strengthen, and abound in the Love of God; for Love’s Sake receive that which Love Alone gives you. Of a truth there is no more loving or tender aspect in which to gaze upon the Saviour than this act, in which He, so to say, annihilates Himself, and gives Himself to us as food, in order to fill our souls, and to unite
Himself more closely to the heart and flesh of His faithful ones.
— St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life, II, 21

The feast of Corpus Christi calls our attention to the ways we show reverence to Christ, present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Blessed Sacrament. It is a wake-up call to fight off auto-pilot and receiving Communion out of routine. The precautions that we take and the reverence we show are the ways that we express love for Him. Out of love for us, He became man and each and every present comes to us under the appearance of bread and wine. These are the lengths that He will go for us; this is how much He invests in a relationship with us. What do we invest in our relationship with Him?


Reflect on this question by asking yourself:

  • Do I prepare myself, especially in prayer, to receive our Lord in Holy Communion?
  • Do I receive Holy Communion with due reverence, taking every precaution against carelessness or accidentally causing a Host or Particle to fall?
  • In the most intimate moment of reception, what am I saying to our Lord? What should I be saying? Do I open my heart to Him?