Part 4 Sharing “God Says” in answer to Gerald's
request for help....
God says, I am very pleased to answer your request for something to
share with the people at the Diocesan Liturgy Conference. I am
somewhat disappointed in you Gerald, if you had really put your
head to the task you would have been able to come up with thoughts
to share of which I would have approved. Do not doubt your own
faith so much. But be that as it may, this is what I want you to
tell these good people who came out on such a cold winter day to
share their gifts with their parish communities.
God says, I am really pleased with them. They are people of
whom I am proud, and I want them to know that. You tell them
that for me.
I am also
pleased that they are taking this time to consider what my
Son created for them the night before he died for them. It
was not a passing whim on the part of my Son. Even God's imagination
could not imagine my Son Jesus having the final meal of his
life with his friends, knowing that it was his final meal with
them, and failing to do something of profound significance
from the depths of his love for them. God says, my Son planned
it for a long time and he tried to prepare them for this event
when he fed the crowds with the five loaves and two fish.
I ask you,
God says, to try to imagine a different ending to the story
in Matthew. Try to imagine that when the disciples suggested
to my Son that he send the people away to find food for themselves
in the villages, that my Son had replied; “That sounds
like a good idea. I am tired, and we only have enough for ourselves
anyway. They should have thought about bringing enough food
for themselves when they decided to stay so long.”
Let me bring
to you, good people, gathered here at the Church named for
my son's earthly father, another picture for your minds. Try
to imagine being invited over to grandmother's house for her
famous Christmas Dinner. When you and the other guests arrive
you stand around absorbing the delicious aromas, and admiring
the golden flaky crust on the pies, and seeing the turkey on
the platter and the bowls of fluffy mashed potatoes. After
standing around enjoying this sight and the smells, everyone
puts on coats and hats and goes away, leaving the meal admired
And God says,
for those of you who are old enough, try to remember the Baltimore
Catechism's answer to the question: “What is a sacrament?” The
answer was that “ a Sacrament is an outward sign instituted
by Christ which gives you supernatural grace.”
Connell had it right, but I don't advise you to use that answer
today if your children ask you that question. Eucharist is
a sign... it is a sign of my Son himself, present in body and
blood. He said so. He would not tell you something that was
not completely true. You know that it is a sign created from
grain and grape and the work of human hands. It was real food
for my Son and his friends. That is the sign my Son Jesus chose
to bring his real presence among you.
my Son Jesus taking the bread and wine, blessing it , and then
keeping it all for himself and not giving it to his disciples
to share. What kind of a sign would that have been?
My Son did not stop at that point, God says. No, he broke it and gave
it to his disciples just as the loaves and fish had been given to the
crowd in Matthew's story. So it is very clear that an essential part
of this SIGN that my son created for you, is the sharing with the crowd...
the sharing with the disciples , the sharing with all of you, his disciples
If you eat
and drink the body and blood of my Son, he becomes part of
you... or rather... you become part of him. That is what really
happens. This is how you become the sign of my Son present
in the world outside your church walls. Now, imagine if you
will, if you have become his body and blood, and you keep all
that richness to yourselves and refuse to share what you have
If that were
to happen, you would have chosen to prevent the final and most
essential part of this sacred sign.. of this sacred sacrament
of my Son from becoming real.
you can, a priest, in imitation of my Son, pronouncing the
words of the consecration and then quietly bringing the chalice
and hosts to the tabernacle to lock them away. That would be
like going to your grandmother's Christmas dinner and leaving
without enjoying the work of her labours...
If that were
to happen, God says, I would see that and I would be angry.
That would be showing contempt for the sign of my love for
you, just as you would be rejecting grandmother's love. And
if it were not a sign of love, it could not be the Sacrament
by which I give you an experience of my own inner life!
I also want you to remind these good people... I want you to
remind these holy people, that I am always giving my love and
life to them. Their very life is a gift of my love. Their time
on earth, their energy, their talents, their laughter, their
friendships and their loves... are all my gifts to them. And
tell them, Gerald, that I, like my Son Jesus, give them gifts
so that they may be shared with others and my Son wishes to
be shared. Tell them that today!
of my love, Yahweh, Your God
second, email version has greater power in my estimation. However,
it may be significant that I was not asked to make another
presentation to that group.)