Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Sunday, June 23, 2019
Fr. Kyle
Homily transcription: 

500 years ago, one of the greatest mysteries of the world was how the planets and stars worked.  Nicholas Copernicus was not afraid to dive right into that mystery.  By the way, Copernicus was not only a Catholic, but he was a Canon of the local Cathedral.  That would be like being a Knight of Columbus in our parish.  Copernicus suggested that the sun was stationary at the center of our universe and the earth revolved around the sun.  This was a mystery because it does not look like the sun is stationary.  It looks like the sun is moving in the sky.  But Copernicus was not afraid to dive into and discover signs of this mysterious truth. 

For the 2nd week in a row, we are invited to dive into a great mystery of our faith.  Today we celebrate the mystery of Jesus’ Body and Blood in the Eucharist.  It is a mystery because it does not look like the Jesus’ Body or Jesus’ Blood.  It looks like ordinary bread and wine.  But we, like a good scientist and a good Catholic, are not afraid to dive in and discover the truth of this mystery for ourselves.  

So let’s dive in and do a little experimenting.  A good experiment has a constant, control and variables.  The control is the Eucharist that we all receive every weekend.  The constant is that which does not change or react in the experiment.  Frankly, I think we have too many “constants” in our Church who do not react to the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.  Myself included!  Too often we receive the Eucharist but we don’t react to it.  We just leave those doors and go on with our life as if nothing is different.  Finally, a good experiment will have variables which react.  And a good scientist will test the limits of the mystery.

We are called to test the limits of the mystery of the Eucharist.  If this is Jesus, then he is alive in me.  And if he is alive in me, then I can live and love like him.  We can test this out.  What happens if I try to react to Jesus alive in me?  What happens if I try to sacrifice like Jesus?  What happens if I take time to pay attention to the poor? 

The Eucharist is a bit or a mystery.  But it is a mystery we can dive into and discover.  So let’s test it out.  Let’s test the mystery of the living God who comes to us in the Eucharist.  If we do this, and when we do this we will not only discover the truth of this mystery, but we will discover that the “experiment” of Christ’s love in us has no limits.