Monday September 16, 2019
8:42 am

Belief in the Eucharist calls us to travel the path of discipleship

      While getting dressed for work this morning, the channel that happened to be on the TV was one that was showing a re-run of a Dr. Phil show. Picking up the remote to switch over to the morning news, I stopped for a second.

      The show centered on those who persisted in texting while driving. The young woman who was featured adamantly – as well as somewhat arrogantly – proclaimed to the disbelieving audience that she was a master at multi-tasking. Of course she could drive with her knees at 55mph while sending a text.

      Despite the statistics and the various guests who related their own horrors stories at the hands of those who like to multi-task while driving, the young woman sat stubbornly shaking her head. No, those things only happened to people who weren’t as talented as she was. She knew how to do it without taking her eyes off the road, except for a second.

      But, Dr. Phil reminded her that life can change in that second…in the blink of an eye.

      Driving to work, that was still in my mind. It made me think of the scripture passage of God keeping his eye of the sparrow, so I looked it up when I got to the office.

      “Therefore, do not be afraid of (persecutions). Nothing is conceived that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops…Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Mt 10: 26-27, 29-31)

      If God keeps his eye on the tiny sparrow, the most common of birds, how carefully must God watch over us!

      On one hand, that brings me great comfort. No matter what stupid things I might do, unnecessary chances I might take in life, no matter the times I put my needs before others, God has my back.

      But on the other hand, I might be tempted to worry. What would happen if God got distracted and took his wondrous God-eye off of me for a second, even a millisecond? What catastrophe would await me in that blink of an eye?

      That lead me to think it was a good thing to make sure I was always on God’s radar and for the right reasons. Remember, God looked down on us, and in his great love and compassion, sent his only son for our salvation.

      One of my favorite hymns sung at Mass is Bernadette Farrell’s All That Is Hidden, which is based on the opening lines of Matthew’s passage. Her words speak to us of what it means to be a follower of Jesus – to be on God’s radar in a positive way.

      “If you would speak of me, live all your life in me. My ways are not the ways that you would choose…If you would rise with me, rise through your destiny; do not refuse the death which brings you life, for as the grain in the earth must die for rebirth, so I have planted your life deep within mine.”

      Which brings me around to the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which we celebrate this Sunday. We celebrate and honor the transubstantiation – the changing in substance of the bread and wine into the real presence, the precious Body and Blood of our Lord.

      But I have to think that Jesus meant for transubstantiation to be a two-way street. The host and the wine are changed into the divine but how are we, in turn changed? How, in substance, do we become more truly like Jesus through word and deed?

      To believe, as we Catholics believe, in the Eucharist takes a great leap of faith but it also should make us pause and consider the implications. The Eucharist is given to us as nourishment so that, in turn, we might give the gift of ourselves to others.

      “What you have heard in the dark proclaim in the light; what you hear in whispers proclaim from the housetops.” (Farrell)

      If we want to truly honor the Holy Eucharist, we cannot keep our faith hidden under that proverbial bushel basket. If we truly believe what we say we believe, we shouldn’t want to wave our faith as a great beacon for others?

      As Jesus told those afraid of persecution, don’t worry. God always has our backs.          

     Debbie Bosak is the editor and general manager of Northwest Indiana Catholic Publications and a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Merrillville. Email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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