“To really communicate with another person I must know him, I must be able to be in silence close to him, to hear him and to look at him with love. True love and true friendship always live of the reciprocity of looks, of intense, eloquent silences full of respect and veneration, so that the encounter is lived profoundly, in a personal not a superficial way.” ~ Homily from Corpus Christi 2012, Pope Benedict XVI (emphasize added)
The Church draws her life from Christ in the celebration of the Mass, nourished by the Word and Eucharist! Our friendship with Christ must be more than an hour on Sunday. We have to be deliberate in making time for Christ by being with him where he is found: in the Blessed Sacrament, in the tabernacles in our parishes. It’s easy to be so caught up in the noise and distractions of the world and be lost in it to where God has no room to speak to our hearts.
Make time for Christ. Any true and genuine friendship, demands investments of time as two people learn to be together, to speak together and listen to each other, to sit and savor each other’s company. So too, this is demanded of us in order to grow in a deep and intimate relationship with Christ. We naturally hunger for this friendship with God because we are all wired in our very being to know and love Him in his Son Jesus Christ.
He waits for you and desires to love you in that silent place where is found: the Bread of Life! This Sunday, Corpus Christi, is the Feast in which we honor this very reality, as people take him on the streets in their neighborhood to honor their King. Allow Christ to form your heart as you sit with him and mediate on the scriptures and at times simply being there with him and letting him love you as you love him. This is how we find the happiness and joy every human being longs for. Christ is found where he is found, supremely in the Bread and Wine, his Body and Blood, which we partake at every Mass. When he said, “This is my body given for you” (Luke 22.19) he meant it!