Today we celebrated the External Solemnity of the Feast of Corpus Christi, and in many places around the Archdiocese the faithful traveled in the company of Our Eucharistic Lord as He blessed our streets and neighborhoods. This parade of the faithful, directed entirely toward the honor and glory of God, entreating Him for benediction, is one of the most beautiful expressions of Catholic piety.
|Recent First Communicants await the procession|
|Turning the corner; Air Force honor guard with Our Lord|
Jesus is humble. His humility in coming to us in the form of bread is breathtaking. Every day, in every Catholic Church, He waits in the tabernacle, entirely present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. He stoops from Heaven to fulfill His promise that he would never leave us orphans.
From the beginning, Our Lord foretold this mysterious presence. He was born in Bethlehem, which means "house of bread". He assured His followers that if we did not eat His flesh and drink His blood, we would have no life in us. And on Holy Thursday He instituted the Eucharist, the sacrifice He would ultimately consummate on Good Friday. Before He underwent His passion, He left us the sacrament and the priesthood capable of perpetuating it.
His humility saves us, and is our example.
But there was another set of parades around the country yesterday. These were the diabolical opposite of the Corpus Christi processions. Instead of life-giving humility, we saw the sad celebration of sterile, death-dealing pride.
Like all expressions of pride, these parades are defiant, self-loving and self-loathing. In contrast to Our Lord's loving humility, a humility that led Him to even offer Himself so that others could live, we saw the pride of those that would force all others to bend--or break-- so that they might do exactly as they please. Everything must yield to a perverse expression of lust that is desperate to pass as love.
Our Lord took on human nature to save us. They deny human nature to our ruin.
In the end, Our Lord will triumph. The parade of humility is more powerful than the parade of pride. But the means of this triumph leads to the cross. Just as Christ reigns from the cross, so we must follow. And year after year, as we see the forces of evil grow more bold, we cannot doubt that the day is nearer.
Yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth a service to God. And these things will they do to you; because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things I have told you, that when the hour shall come, you may remember that I told you of them.