|Posted by Fr. Matt on June 20, 2013 at 5:15 PM|
Fr. Matt’s Corner: ... They all ate and were satisfied ...
Greetings to all my sisters and brothers on this Feast of Corpus Christi. The Body and Blood of Christ – the Eucharist – the Real Presence of Jesus – the Blessed Sacrament – is what makes us who we are as the Catholic
Church. When I talk to those who, like myself, had been away from the Church for any significant period of time, it
always seems to be this sacramental presence of Jesus in the Eucharist that brings us back.
Of course, I shouldn’t be surprised by this fact. God has created us for one purpose: to be like Him so that, as we discovered last week on the Feast of the Holy Trinity, we might live in Him. That can only happen when He comes to live in us. That’s why He became like us. God designed us with a built-in emptiness or hunger for Himself – that only He can fill. As Jesus said, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, you have no life in you.” We all hunger for this Bread from Heaven – whether or not we are even aware of it.
Without this Eucharistic Real Presence of Jesus, we are stuck – like the Twelve – unable to do much, unable to make a real difference in our lives nor in the lives of those who needed to be cured. This Sunday, during our Corpus Christi procession, let us pray for God’s blessing upon our community – knowing that while this is never any guarantee of financial or physical health; still, without God’s blessing, we have only our own impotence and sterility. And so we are left (like the Twelve) saying simply: "Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a deserted place here. Five loaves and two fish are all we have, unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people."
But ... what if we had the Real Presence of Jesus in our midst as they did back then – what might happen then? But we do! So what might happen now? Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied. And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets.
Brothers and sisters: I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night He was handed over, took bread, and, after He had given thanks, broak it and said, "This is my body that is for you." Now, He can say with all earnestness and sincerity, "With what you have received from the Lord, hand on to others, and go and Give them some food yourselves."
Peace to all of you, my friends, this Holy Day, and to all who love the Lord in simplicity of heart,
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