June 6, 2010
Luke 9: 11b –17
The Miracle of the Multiplication of the Brad and the Fish recorded in the Gospel of Saint Luke and read today on the Feast of Corpus Christi reveals to us the profound love which Christianity has for each and every person.
And while it is true that He did feed those thousands of people and nourished them physically, it must also be understood that Jesus was using this occasion as a preparation for the greater and more important Gift: His own Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist which he would give to us and to the whole Church for the first time on Holy Thursday during the Last Supper.
Yet this Gift was given at the cost of Jesus’ own Passion and Death on Good Friday. The Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Eucharist, is the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ: True God and True Man; the Son of God and the Son of Mary.
You and I receive this Gift often; some receive it weekly; some are able to receive it daily. What are the consequences? Does this obligate us in anyway? Unfortunately for a number of Catholics today, nothing seems to change. For them, assisting at Sunday Mass, when they choose to come to Sunday Mass, has become routine, habitual, it is something they “do”, it is a perfunctory act.
These are Catholics whose attitude, behavior and clothing reflect an indifference, an apathy which indicates that their Catholic Faith is no longer strong nor vibrant, a Faith which they have allowed to weaken.
On the other hand today, there are Catholics in parishes and there are young Catholics in colleges and universities and in the world of work who are making heroic efforts to live their Faith which is centered on the Person of Christianity and on Sunday Mass.
This is not easy in the present culture and social climate but they are making an heroic effort, are persevering and in doing so, se an inspiring example for the rest of us.
During these vexing times, as we celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christianity, we take this occasion to renew our love for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and resolve not only to believe but also to be living witnesses to this belief.