Homily – Corpus Christi MMVII

Homily – Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi Sunday) June 10, 2007

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We are in a deserted place here,” the Twelve said to Jesus.

“It’s getting darker out here, and all we have to give these 5000 men, with their wives and children, is a little bread, just enough bread for one wafer-sized piece each.”

And as Jesus listens to all this, His face lights up and He says “Perfect! You Twelve, arrange these families in groups of about 50 families each.”

And so the Apostles that day, in that deserted place, created one hundred little congregations, one hundred little parishes out of those scattered families. Some of the families belonged to St. Peter’s Parish, others belonged to St. Matthew’s Parish, other belonged to St. John’s or St. Andrew’s, and so on.

And once that was done, Jesus took the loaves of bread that they gave to Him. And being a priest like Melchizedek, a priest who will forever offer God bread and wine, looking up to Heaven, He said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the Apostles to give to their parishioners.

And that deserted place was no longer deserted; it was filled with the glory of Almighty God.

All ate and were satisfied. All the families of those 100 parishes created that day by Jesus gave praise to God with one voice.

And all went home that day changed people, people with a deeper faith in Christ, people with a greater hope that God was with them in their trials, people with a stronger love for God and for one another.

And Jesus Himself went home that day saying “I can’t wait. I can’t wait for the day when I really feed them with the Bread of Life.”

“I can’t wait for the day when these my apostles build Churches for these groups of families. I can’t wait for the day when in these Churches they again bring their bread before me; and then I will do something even more miraculous than multiply it, I will transubstantiate it into my very Body Blood Soul and Divinity.

“I can’t wait for the day when in Churches all over the world, until the end of time, I will give them Bread from Heaven, having all sweetness within it.”

“And He who eats this Bread will have life eternal: the fulness of life in this life, and life everlasting in the next life.”

My brothers and sisters in Christ, what the Apostles initially said to Jesus that day can still be said by us in our day: “Lord, we are in a deserted place here.”

For apart from the Eucharist, this world is a deserted place.

Without the Eucharist, my soul, your soul is a deserted place.

A place deserted and emptied of love, of peace, of unity.

But the Eucharist is capable of filling this world, capable of filling my soul and yours to the brim with the Love of God, the Peace of Christ, the Unity of the Spirit; It is capable of filling us with Truth, Mercy and Divine Life.

All who eat this bread will not feel deserted, but satisfied.

But sadly, in our day, how many Catholics have themselves deserted Jesus present in the Eucharist?

Jesus asks each of us for only one hour a week out of 168, to come to Church and adore Him in the Eucharist with our brothers and sisters, to unite our prayers to His one great prayer to the Father, and to unite our crosses to His one and only saving Cross.

In return, Jesus blesses us with supernatural graces in abundance and gives us the strength and wisdom to be His good and faithful servant for another week.

But each weekend, over half the Catholics in our country just blow Jesus off, cannot even give our Lord one hour of their week to publically worship Him. No wonder our Churches are closing, no wonder we have a shortage of priests if parents and godparents could care less about getting to church on Sunday.

But an even greater scandal are those Catholics who do receive Jesus in the Eucharist on Sunday, and then desert Jesus and His teachings Monday — Saturday in their words and actions.

Bishop Tobin has this past week spoken out about this problem, and Pope Benedict recently wrote about it as well, saying we all need to have Eucharistic Consistency — in other words, our partaking of the Body of Christ must be consistent with a moral life and faith life in keeping with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

For example, if we can’t say “Amen” to the Church’s teaching on the sanctity of Human Life from conception to natural death, we shouldn’t be saying “Amen” and receiving Jesus in the Communion Line.

On this Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, may we renew our commitment never to desert Jesus truly with us in the Blessed Sacrament.

Rather, may we spend as much time as we can with Him in Adoration, paying a visit to Him in Church during the week (or at least making the sign of the cross on our foreheads whenever we pass a Catholic Church where Jesus is present in the Tabernacle).

May Jesus, truly present to us in the Most Blessed Sacrament, turn all the deserted places into Gardens of Paradise by His Real Presence dwelling among us.

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