Jesus returns to two of his favorite "themes" in the Gospel today: "Be not afraid", and "God loves you". These are two messages that we hear over and over again in the Gospels and in the teaching of the Church. This is to be the theme of our preaching as well. After accepting and embracing the all-encompassing love that God has for us, we must set out boldly and share this love with the whole world.
Today's Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is yet another reminder that our God wants to share His life with us. In the Eucharist -- the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ -- we have the fullness of Christ's Presence and communion. We are thus brought into communion with our heavenly Father. Even if we don't understand this awesome mystery completely, may we receive Christ's Presence with joy, and may we share that presence with all we meet.
In celebrating God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we find that we learn something about ourselves at the same time. God has revealed Himself to us because He loves us, and He wishes to include us in the Divine Life through the Holy Spirit and the Church. We cannot just adore God who is "up there" or "out there"; we must show our love for the God whom we cannot see by loving those around us whom we can see.
Jesus imparts the Holy Spirit to his apostles with his breathe and a word of peace. This enables them -- and us -- to act and love and forgive in the name of Jesus himself. When he blesses the Sacred Chrism during the Chrism Mass, the diocesan bishop breathes on the oil and thus imitates Jesus' action in today's Gospel. When we are anointed with this oil in baptism, confirmation and ordination, we receive the breath of God and are thus sent to proclaim the Good News.