Corpus Christi Homily

Are there any P.G., Anne Arundel, Calvert, or Montgomery County homies who can answer this classic rap satire?

My favorite part is the way he reacts to the prospect of riding the Green Line…

…Feast of Corpus Christi!

Here is a homily about the presence of God…


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Corpus Christi is the feast of the unique presence of God in the consecrated Host and chalice. Of course, one of God’s divine attributes is that He is present everywhere. He is omnipresent.

God is present everywhere by His knowledge and power. He has formed everything according to His perfect intelligence. He sustains everything by His infinite power. Wherever anything exists, God is there, making it exist.

One of the psalms puts it:

O Lord, where can I hide from your spirit? From your presence, where can I flee? If I ascend to the heavens, you are there; if I lie down in Sheol, you are there, too. If I fly with the wings of dawn and alight beyond the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand hold me fast. If I say, ‘Surely darkness shall hide me, and night shall be my light’ –Darkness is not dark for you, and night shines as the day.

So God is everywhere by His knowledge and power. Of all the creatures He made, however, He is especially in us human beings. He made us according to His image and likeness.

jp ii monstrThe human soul is a unique image of God on the earth. But there is more. In some souls, God dwells, as in a temple. The Holy Trinity is present in the souls of everyone who is baptized and in a state of grace. As the Lord Jesus put it: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.”

Great spiritual masters teach that we should regularly make acts of love and adoration of the Trinity living within us. We have to do all we can to stay in a state of grace. Frequent, regular Confession is the way to do this.

So, in all these ways we have reviewed so far, God is near to us, present to us. As we know, though, there is yet more. The Lord is present to us not just by His knowledge and power, not just in His image and likeness, not even just by grace…

Almighty God is present to us by being one of us. He personally became a man. He took to Himself a body, a mind, a heart—everything about being human except sin. God personally became a man in our Lady’s womb.

God was born. God walked the earth in His human body. As a man, He became the source of grace for us. And before He ascended into heaven, He instituted the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.

sacredheartToday we keep the Solemnity of the Blessed Sacrament. On Friday we will keep the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart.

It is no accident that these two feasts are so close together, because the mysteries are intimately linked. As Pope John Paul II put it, the Sacred Heart beats in the Blessed Sacrament.

By becoming a man and remaining with us in the Blessed Sacrament, the Creator has made Himself present to us human beings in an altogether unique way. As we reviewed earlier, God is of course present to all His creatures—to dolphins, ferns, charcoal briquettes, etc. But He never personally became a charcoal briquette.

Charcoal briquettes do not have souls. They do not practice religion. Charcoal briquettes do not love God and neighbor. Charcoal briquettes do not hope to go to heaven after they are burned.

We human beings, on the other hand, are made to love God from the depths of our hearts forever. We were made to love with God’s infinite, generous love.

Because we are sinners, we would no hope of actually doing this—unless God intervened to help us—unless He drew closer to us than He is to the ferns, dolphins, and charcoal briquettes of this world and made a way for us to share in His love.

briquettesThis is what He has done. Christ showed the infinite love of His heart in His bitter Passion. He proved His love for the Father by doing the Father’s will in every detail. He proved His love for us by dying for us, offering everything He had for us, holding nothing back.

In the Blessed Sacrament of the altar, this same love is here with us. He shares Himself with us in the most intimate way imaginable. He allows us to adore Him, to offer Him to the Father, and to receive Him. In all this, He pours the love of His heart into our hearts.

His heart is an inexhaustible furnace of love. The tabernacle is an inexhaustible furnace of divine love. There is no state of need or desperation we could ever be in which cannot be dealt with by the love which flows from the Sacred Heart of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

All the ways in which the Lord is present to us are signs of His love. The Lord’s perfect knowledge and infinite power are everywhere. His sublime image and likeness is in every human being. His grace dwells in us as in a temple. And His Heart beats for us with perfect human and divine love in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar. Let us love Him with all our hearts in return.

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6 thoughts on “Corpus Christi Homily

  1. Your homily added to the beautiful day for the Feast of Corpus Christi. The summary in “Mystical Body, Incorporated” was also really great…thank you.

    The rap song…too funny!

  2. Does this mean we gotta eat food cooked on gas grills in heaven? How does that gibe with total objective happiness.

  3. What is a piece of charcoal that is not set afire?

    That proves it… all charcoal briquettes go to hell, along with cats (starting with my own).

  4. Cats ARE unpleasant, but I’m hoping there are charcoal briquettes in heaven because I plan to be using a lot of incense, and how do you set the incense ablaze in the thurible without a charcoal briquette? Perhaps, in the case of charcoal briquettes alone, there is a double predestination.

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