Our first reading is two sentences. Our second reading is five sentences. My homily is also short. All of this is because there are no words–not from any priest or bishop of pope or anybody else–that amount to one tenth of the importance and glory and beauty of the eucharist. The eucharist is our strength, our power, our salvation–our everything.
St. Thomas Aquinas, who wrote the beautiful sequence we just chanted, wrote a lot. He wrote the Summa Theologia, and lots of poems and songs and sermons and such on the eucharist. One day, he left his daily holy hour and famously said, “All that I’ve ever written is straw compared to Jesus in the monstrance.”
That man had a profound love for the eucharist.
I just want to ask you today: how much do you love the eucharist? Do we love the eucharist enough to take a holy hour in the adoration chapel? Do we love the eucharist enough to come to Mass each Sunday, to invite others to it, and even to maybe come to a daily Mass during the week? Do we love the eucharist enough to live our lives, our marriages, in such a way that we can receive the eucaharist on Sunday in good conscience? Do we love the eucharist enough that we receive it devoutly, with utmost care? Do we love the eucharist enough to ensure our children learn about it so they will never leave it behind?
There is one man in this community. One night each week, at 9:00, he takes his children to our adoration chapel to pray with them and with the Lord. He loves the eucharist and he loves his children enough to bring them to our Eucharistic Lord! What a great man, what a great father!
Today, we love the eucharist enough to go on procession with him. This is a grand tradition of the church. In our scriptures, we see Jesus in the streets and awful lot. He likes it there. Jesus wants to be out in the streets, on the roads, in the cities. He wants to flood the world. That’s what happens on today’s feast.
St Paul: 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, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.