The most obvious proof that we truly receive Jesus in the Eucharist always will be the solidarity and charity with which we act. The efficacy of the sacrament is confirmed when, like Jesus, we take care of others.
Those of us who feed on Jesus in the Eucharistic bread cannot live with our backs turned to the needs of others. There is much hunger all around us: hunger for comfort and love, hunger for bread, hunger for a smile, hunger for hope and light.
We can’t make the excuse that it’s not our problem or that we can’t do anything about it. We can’t wash our hands like the apostles did on that day when they wanted to send the people away to fend for themselves, saying, “Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a deserted place” (Lk 9:12).
We always can do something.
Neither can we live with our backs turned to the great dramas of our world and society.
In the Eucharist God became bread and he enters my heart, making me live with greater clarity and dignity so that I ask myself, “what I am doing for my brothers and sisters?”
We must allow the pain of others to touch our hearts; let’s suffer, pray, and do all we can to help.
Let’s not forget the war in Ukraine, let’s think about the exiles fleeing for survival, and let’s not forget the political prisoners who are unjustly mistreated. Let’s raise our voices, let’s pray, let’s do something. Let’s not let evil and injustice prevail because of our indifference.
Silvio José Báez, o.c.d.
Auxiliary Bishop of Managua
Homily, Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (excerpt)
19 June 2022
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Featured image: These Ukrainian refugees were photographed 27 February 2022 at the train station in Przemśyl, Poland by Mirek Pruchnicki, who has an entire photo album on Flickr of that documents refugees who passed through the city that day (Some rights reserved).