The Eternal Sacrament
Jul 1, 2019
A couple of weeks ago I went to lunch with my sister. As we were waiting in line at Qdoba making our decisions, the woman working behind the counter kept looking over at me; I was wearing my habit, of course. I had a feeling a question of some sort was coming. It can be good or bad; easy or difficult.
She said, “Are you a pastor of some kind?”
I said, “Yes.”
She said, “I’ve always wondered about something.”
I said, “What is that?”
She said, “You know at communion and the host? That is Jesus’s Body. Why doesn’t it ever run out?”
I answered her, holding my breath, “Well, Jesus is eternal and we can never run out of Jesus if He is forever.”
She said, “I like that answer.”
So, thank God it was an easy enough question.
This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. We give honor to the Source of unity for our lives. The Eucharist is at the heart of all we believe and do in our life as Catholics. This morning we’ll celebrate this great feast with a procession with the Blessed Sacrament from the church to our Adoration Chapel in the lower level of the parish center.
This Sacrament is eternal and always waiting for us to be united to. This is our treasure. In the Eucharist we are fully united to Jesus in an intimate way, to He Who is Love and can satisfy all our deepest desires more than anything else in the world.
Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, recently published another book, this time what he calls a letter. The book is entitled Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis. As Bishop Barron always is, this little book of his is insightful and helpful to all of us who suffer from the great tragedy and scandals that have rocked the Church on many levels. We are filled with many emotions: anger, sadness, doubt, fear… the list goes on. But Bishop Barron reflects that nothing that has happened in the Church is ever an excuse to leave. Not to say that all that has gone on isn’t evil and wrong, but that it never takes away from the treasure “which is the life of Christ available in and through the Church.” And this life is first and foremost in the Eucharist. I will offer more reflections on this little gem of Bishop Barron’s in future columns. We also will have copies of this book for all of you later in July.
On another note. I would like to institute the Running with the Pastor Club. I love to run - well, love is strong word, but it’s good for me, and of course I do feel better after a nice run. I invite any parishioners who are runners, or Clydesdale trotters like myself, to come out for run on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Please look for details in future bulletins. But tentatively keep your calendar open for Saturday June 29th. I would like to have our first run this day.
I hope you all are having a wonderful and restful summer. See you at the Corpus Christi procession!
May God bless you and your families,
Fr. Aidan, OSB