Ladies and Gentlemen! I don’t know whether the boy was selfish or his mother was the top chef especially at making a sandwich box but I know that what the boy said is very true. Christ Jesus is here with us in the most Blessed Sacrament of the altar not because he expects something of us but because he wants to be for us. Before the Last supper started Jesus said: “I have longed to share this meal with you.” He didn’t mean a farewell dinner but he meant giving himself to his disciples and his church. Every time we come to Mass Jesus says: “I have longed to share this supper with you.” On this holy night when we enter the Paschal Triduum we should ask ourselves: “Can I say that every Sunday as I enter the church I say to my Saviour: Lord I have longed the whole week to share your Eucharist?”
When I was a child we were taught to pay visits to Jesus sin our church because he was alone there having only the red light to keep his company. For a little child it was a good reason and an easy to understand. However as I grew up I have realised that Jesus doesn’t need me to have company. He isn’t alone here. He is always with his Father and the Holy Spirit. His Virgin mother is with him. The holy angels and the saints don’t leave him alone. He isn’t alone when I am not here but I am alone when I am out there. It doesn’t matter how many activates make up my day without Christ in the Eucharist it is all emptiness. These activates are more like drugs taking my mind from the reality but the reality is without my Lord in the Holy Communion I am alone.
Sometimes we may wonder why Jesus wants to stay here among us if we ignore him so often. The easiest thing to say is that he loves us but let me tell you a story that can capture something of Christ’s commitment to us.
A priest was visiting his parishioners in hospital. There was a woman who had had a stroke that took her memory. Next to her there was her husband sitting. The priest said some prayers and as he was leaving the room the man was walking him. The priest asked him: “Does she know who you are?” The husband answered: “It doesn’t matter. I know who she is.”
My Brothers and Sisters.
I thank Jesus for his presence among us every day. We may look at the Blessed Bread and Wine and don’t know who is the one in the species. But he stays here in spite of human ignorance. He stays here so that on this planet there is at least one person who knows who I really am: a child of God destined for being with the heavenly Father, a person who can become holy, Christlike because the Holy Spirit keeps coming to my poor heart.
“Jesus, do people know who you are?” “I know who they are.” – says the Saviour. Thank you my Lord for being here for us when in our Christian, spiritual life we act as we had had a stroke erasing our memory.