I’m writing this still in the glow of the Eucharistic Procession we enjoyed on Corpus Christi Sunday. What a glorious day and experience! I am at a loss for words to explain how heartwarming and uplifting it was for me to see so many people join in the procession! If that were not enough, there were those people stepping out onto their front porches to witness and capture on their phones Jesus coming by, even if they didn’t realize it was Jesus!
In Fr. J.J.’s homily earlier that morning he talked about how many Catholics do not believe or have doubts about the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Those doubts are one of the many reasons our bishops in the US have kicked off the National Eucharistic Revival, which runs through 2025. It is to combat those doubts that I share this experience from a few years ago.
As an acolyte at St. Fabian during my formation for the permanent diaconate I was given the privilege of leading Adoration one Friday evening during Lent. I was so focused on not making any mistakes that I led Adoration more mechanically than prayerfully. Later that evening I found some quiet time at home to reflect on Adoration, going through in my mind what I did and didn’t do well through the service.
I was recalling the point in Adoration where I went to the Tabernacle to retrieve the Luna that held the Eucharist to be placed in the Monstrance. As I was stepping through that in my mind’s eye, I had a vision of the Blessed Mother handing me the infant Jesus wrapped in a blanket. The vision startled me. I recall thinking, “Whoa! What was that?! Did I just see what I thought I saw?!”
Shaking the vision off, I continued to run through the rest of Adoration in my mind. Then, getting to the part where I returned the Luna to the Tabernacle, I got another vision. This time I was handing the body of Jesus from the cross to the Blessed Mother. “Oh my!” was my reaction to the second vision.
Mind you, I am not very imaginative. I never would have equated the taking of the Eucharist from the Tabernacle with receiving Jesus from Mary. Likewise, I would never have equated returning the Eucharist to the Tabernacle with handing Jesus back to Mary. Nor do I recall anyone ever describing these acts in this way, as to have planted a seed for my imagination. These were totally out of the blue, totally unexpected.
Why did I receive these visions (the first and only visions I’ve had)? I believe they were given to me to help me never take the Eucharist, and the Real Presence for granted. Also, I believe they were given to me to be shared, shared with others so you may likewise believe, and not take the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist for granted.
I am humbled beyond words to have held the Lord in our Corpus Christi procession. We have the great gift of his love for us in the Eucharist. Let us never doubt his Real Presence.
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In the peace of Christ,