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A listing of recent homilies delivered at my parish.
- 06-18-2017 - Corpus Christi - English
- Cardinal Robert Sarah, in his new book, The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, wrote: “Nothing will ever bring you rest, except being closely united to Jesus…”
There is no way to be closer in union with Jesus than to receive Him in Holy Communion. But Cardinal Sarah’s contention is that even when we are that closely united to Jesus, the world around us has conditioned us to be too used to noise to seek the silence of our union with the Lord.
People who have experienced the silence of an hour of adoration have learned what it is like to slow down enough to let the dictatorship of noise in their lives go silent.
This is something that is very hard in our modern culture, surrounded with news, television, music, the internet, and social media … how many more can I list?
A few years ago, Cardinal Sarah visited Omaha, and celebrated Mass while he was here. He sat in silence after Communion FOR TWO MINUTES before finishing the Mass. While I am not going to do that, his example should make us all stop to consider who it is that is coming to us in the Eucharist. On this Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, taking time to acknowledge the Lord’s Presence with us in the Eucharist is more important than ever.
To those of you who for some reason cannot receive Him today, let me say this: there are many who receive Communion who do not appreciate or understand what they are receiving. Many people, out of habit, get up and go forward, put out their hands, or open their mouths, receive the host, go back to their seat … maybe… some just leave, not really acknowledging who it is that they have received. That the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Creator of all that is has chosen to come into you physically. Many don’t think about that or the consequences: that now, the God of the Universe has chosen to come inside of each one of us.
There are those who cannot receive, who long to receive. But out of obedience to the teachings of the Church – which I applaud – whether it be because they need to get to Confession first; whether it be because they ate fifteen minutes before walking into church; whether there is some kind of irregularity in their lives that keeps them from receiving – their obedience is a recognition of the holiness of the Eucharist. You have a chance, those of you who cannot come to Communion, you have a chance for a Spiritual Communion that MAY BE DOING MORE FOR YOU than those who just come up to receive “because it is that time of the Mass.” It may be more important and valuable to you in that moment.
Let us all, in our own way – today – worship the Lord of the Eucharistic. Worship His presence to us. And if you are able to receive or not, recognize that the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the mighty and glorious King chooses to be in you. How long? The Church’s teaching is that until the identifiable species of bread and wine, now the Body and Blood, until its identifiable nature has gone, that Christ is physically within you.
So let’s pursue the Lord in the silence of our hearts; and be pursued by the Lord whose love is so humble that he waits in every Tabernacle, whether it is the physical Tabernacle of a church or the Tabernacle of our souls.
Again, lest I forget, to those of you to whom it applies: Happy Fathers’ Day.