Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ; Sunday, June 7, 2015

In a conversation with his friend, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, Pope Francis said:

In my personal experience with God I cannot do without the path.  I would say that one encounters God walking, moving, seeking him and allowing oneself to be sought by him…That happens on different paths, the path of pain, of joy, of light, of darkness.

                                --W. Kasper, “Pope Francis’ Revolution of Tenderness And Love”

One encounters God walking, moving and seeking.  On occasion, the Holy Father uses this image of walking when speaking of the Christian path and our search for God.  We are meant to search on this path which is our life.  And, as I trip, stumble and sometimes fall on this path, I encounter a God who, with relentless love, moves ever closer; who searches for me as well.  I’m reminded of a line from St. Bernard of Clairvaux that the Abbot used as I took solemn vows:

                                          Remember, you are sought more than you seek.

At the monastery every Corpus Christi—the solemnity we now celebrate—a number of the monks would create a path outside the Abbey Church from whatever flourished in the woods, fields and swale this time of year—vetch,  wild rose, Queen Anne’s lace and sword fern, for example—and from these  various petals and fronds shaped  colorful Eucharistic symbols.  Following Mass, the congregation and monks would process along this floral path with the Abbot in our midst and as he held the Eucharist within the monstrance.  We walked and sang hymns as we made our way on the path and on our way back to the church. It’s one of those traditions from monastic life I continue to miss.

This practice, simply and beautifully, expresses the immortal truth that Christ continues to walk with us; moving in our midst.  By this embodied Love we take in hand Sunday after Sunday, he continues to accompany us on different paths: the path of pain, of joy, of light, of darkness.  

It is this awareness Christ wants to feed in us.  The awareness sensed within his words to the Eleven and heard last Sunday: “And behold, I am with you always until the end of the age.” (Mt. 28:20)

The Eucharist is much more than symbol.  It is True Presence on the path with us every step of the way and our food for the journey.  We cannot do without this path or this food because it is able to feed in us the substance of hope we need amid any pain, joy, light and darkness.

Father Tim Clark, Pastor

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