Today, in a most special way, we brought Jesus out of the Church and on to the streets. Today, we not only radiated Jesus by our actions and words to those we met but we followed His precious and living Sacred Body and Blood – giving joyful praise – revealing to those around us the reason for our hope and joy. We put into action the words of Raphael from the Book of Tobit: “Bless God and give him thanks before all the living for the good things he has done for you, by blessing and extolling his name in song. Proclaim before all with due honor the deeds of God, and do not be slack in thanking him.” This we have done – we have proclaimed that which is the cornerstone, the constant, of our faith.
Throughout the millennia Holy Mother Church has seen many changes and innovations; she has seen 266 Popes, countless clergy, and even more precious faithful members. And each and every one of them looked to God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit – eternal and unchanging. They have learned and believed in His immutable truths and have always tried to live their lives around the Eucharist; the source and summit of our Christian lives. We realize that no matter where we are in our lives we have Christ’s gift of Himself to strengthen and refresh us. Each day we witness His ultimate act of love and are reassured that His passion is for each of us and His Body and Blood is for each of us.
In today’s procession we had a wide spectrum of the faithful: 1st communicants who looked at the Eucharist and received it for the first time with a love of the Lord so innocent; youth, who learning the ways of life and the world look to the Eucharist with their energetic attitudes and dynamic ideals with friendship and hope; adults, who tried by life look to the Eucharist for strength and consolation and companionship; elderly, who tired and bent by the journey look to the Eucharist with longing for the promised goal – eternal life with their friend, who gave Himself every day for their journey. We had laity, clergy, male, female and so on – every person a different part in the mystical body. All of us, with all our differences, look to the one constant and unchanging Eucharist; and today, we proclaimed not only His death but His gift of Himself and constant loving companionship – we celebrated.
But today’s procession isn’t only the summit of our celebration, just as the Eucharist isn’t only the summit of our faith and lives. Our public witness today should be a source for our witness, just as the Eucharist is also the source of our faith and lives. We need to take this energy and go forward with it; proclaiming Christ, Christ crucified, in all that we do. Our public persona should be one of discipleship; when people see us they should see Christ. They should hunger for the hope that we radiate. As we move into the summer months and Ordinary Time lets hold on to today’s procession; let’s remember the feeling we had as we walked through the streets, with Jesus, and let’s continue the joyful proclamation of His most precious and sacred Body and Blood – the source and summit of our lives and the binding that holds each of us together in communion with God and each other.