On our way home, I reflected on the faces of those we passed. Business men and women, homeless, students, tourists, among them all I was struck by the lack of joy we saw. Face and body language seemed to communicate a certain hopelessness, apathy, even lifelessness.
It may sound strange, but bear with me. This morning I couldn’t help thinking how different that scene would have been if those people had been head-over-heels in love. Or even better, known that Someone was head-over-heels in love with them. To be very specific, He is actually divinity-over-humanity in love with them.
Today we celebrate the great feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ. His love for us is not just a belief in our minds and hearts, it is a Presence before our eyes, in our hands, on our tongues. He is not only waiting to welcome us home, He is making every step of the journey with us as we express in our Eucharistic Processions today.
And he is sending us secret messages all day long. Yesterday, when your stomach started to rumble, you drove through McDonalds and took care of your hunger. I hate to break the news to you, but you are going to be hungry today, if you don’t eat again. Good thing, too, because it is a reminder that only Jesus, the Bread of Life and Cup of Salvation, can truly satisfy.
Remember last week when you were feeling a bit down and your friend invited you out for lunch? After your meal, you just sat there for an hour or so, chatting away. You left with a renewed perspective and spring in your step. What’s to keep you from partaking of the Divine Feast that Christ provides and then spending an hour or so with Him, simply in His Presence?
Roses and chocolates are nice. But I am much more appreciative of the signs of affection that my Secret Admirer sends: His Body and Blood, containing in them all delight.