I used to be an “angst-y” teen.
My household prefers to make use of the phrase “depressing,” however let’s not argue over semantics right here.
And like all depressing – I imply “angst-y” 13-year-olds – I discovered a tune throughout that point which expressed precisely how I used to be feeling.
It was enjoying on an easy-listening station that I didn’t notably care to hearken to on the time, however the voice and lyric caught my consideration instantly: it was Karen Carpenter’s “Rainy Days and Mondays.”
Now the tune itself is as angst-y as I used to be, so DO NOT hearken to it for those who’re in temper. I repeat: DO NOT hearken to it for those who’re completely happy.
BUT, if the blues and woes of life are piling up, get a load of those soul-gripping lyrics –
“Generally I’d wish to stop; nothing ever appears to suit” …
“Nothin’ is admittedly improper; feelin’ like I don’t belong …”
Now, I do know you might be asking your self by this level: “Father, what in God’s Title does “Wet Days and Mondays” need to do with these Scripture readings … or, for that matter, the Feast of Corpus Christi?
And my response? All the things.
Right here’s why:
In all three of our readings, everyone seems to be depressing. EVERYONE.
The prophet Moses within the E-book of Deuteronomy (our first studying) just about tells the Israelites: cease moping round and complaining. Don’t overlook the God who has ALWAYS supplied for you within the darkest of days: there was manna once you had been hungry, water to slake your thirst, and a guiding spirit all through your years of wandering within the desert of temptation and your individual sinfulness.
Then Paul tells the Christian neighborhood at Corinth (our second studying): “Hey, don’t be like your ancestors who lusted after ungodly issues on their journey. As a substitute, discover your energy — collectively in neighborhood — sharing the One Bread and One Cup.”
Which is precisely what Jesus is saying to a mostly-unbelieving crowd in John’s Gospel:
“I AM that residing bread … that manna you crave. My Blood IS that very reward which provides you the eternal life and salvation you search.”
And since they’re listening to one thing that appears each unimaginable and blasphemous, most flip away from following Him. How can God feed us with His very self? Possibly higher: WHY would God do that?
One reply: Bear in mind final week’s Gospel (and the start of John’s Gospel)? GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE SENT HIS ONLY SON.
It’s THAT SAME RESURRECTED SON who’s made current each time we collect at this altar and on this neighborhood to take the very issues Jesus Himself used on the Final Supper – bread and wine, essentially the most fundamental components of the Passover – and make them His Very Presence.
As a result of He’s God. As a result of He loves us. And since He is aware of that nothing else will fill the void like Christ Himself. Nothing.
I feel everyone knows that there’s a starvation as we speak which is reaching epic proportions.
We’re hungry for therapeutic. Hope. Justice. Mercy. Genuine relationships. Reality.
We need to be beloved for who we’re and never stay mired in our miserableness.
And so we glance in all places however God generally, don’t we?
And He’s reminding us – simply as he did in John’s Gospel – that He’s the one One that can actually really give us all that we search.
Sure, it’s going to take time to develop in our religion … doubts will enter in … and the Cross will likely be a part of the journey.
And since God is aware of all this, He stays with us till the top of time, as he promised: RIGHT HERE IN THIS VERY SACRAMENT OF THE MOST HOLY EUCHARIST.
Sadly, it’s now believed that lower than one-third of all Catholics truly imagine that what occurs right here at each Mass makes Christ really current to us and for us. I believe that quantity is decrease.
I additionally think about that almost all of us right here current do imagine that the Eucharist we obtain is the Physique and Blood of Christ, even when our sense fail generally to know that.
The query is: how will we invite others to know that love we’ve present in Him … even when we generally wrestle and query it?
And the one reply I come again to, again and again: KEEP SHOWING UP BECAUSE HE’S HERE.
Even within the doubts and the busyness of life … even when prayer appears dry and God appears distant … most particularly when the temptations come on robust and sin is weighing you down:
KEEP SHOWING UP BECAUSE HE’S HERE.
I say it from expertise … as a result of I discovered it to be true, and I might give my very life for this perception.
Bear in mind angsty-miserable teen-age me? The one who lived the ‘Wet Days and Mondays’ lyrics: “Walkin’ round, some type of lonely clown?”
Properly, there was one different verse to that hit that spoke to my coronary heart – nonetheless does, thirty years later: “Humorous however it appears that evidently it’s the one factor to do – Run and discover the One who loves me.”
I stand right here as we speak earlier than you as one who says to you this: I’ve discovered all the pieces I’ve sought and for which my coronary heart has longed proper right here within the Eucharist: the Physique and Blood of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
You need love and peace and justice? Run to Him and also you fill discover these issues in Him alone.
You need therapeutic and hope? Run to Him.
You need somebody to hearken to you in your disappointments and miserableness? Maintain working to Him.
Each time you come right here – to obtain Him at Mass and to wish earlier than His Presence – He closes the space between heartache and success, between brokenness and holiness.
Peter mentioned it greatest instantly after this section of John’s Gospel which has simply been proclaimed. As quickly as practically everybody abandons the Lord, he turns to his closest disciples and asks: “Do you need to go away Me, too?”
And Peter’s response: “Lord, to whom will we go?”
To whom else will we go certainly?
Take it from once-miserable me and an previous ‘70’s straightforward listening tune from Karen Carpenter: “Run and discover the One who loves you.”
All the things for which our hearts lengthy and for which our lives cry out may be discovered proper right here on this Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.
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