My brothers and sisters in Christ,1
It is a joy for me to celebrate this holy Eucharist with you on this beautiful solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ.
I hope this has been a good week for all of you. You are learning to be moral leaders — and the world needs moral leaders.
To be a Christian leader, you need to follow and imitate the Master, Jesus Christ.
In the Gospel today, we hear about a miracle. Jesus feeds a crowd of more than 5,000 people with just five loaves of bread and two fish.
It is an amazing scene. But if you read it closely, you see that Jesus is also teaching his disciples how to lead his Church, how to give bring the Eucharist to God’s people, God’s family.
As we heard, his twelve apostles wanted to send the people away. They asked Jesus to dismiss the crowd so the people could find a place to stay and some food to eat.
But Jesus tells the Twelve, as we heard: “Give them some food yourselves.” And then he shows the Twelve how to feed the crowd.
As I am sure you noticed in the Gospel, Jesus took the bread, said a blessing, broke it and gave it to the people. In other words, he did the same thing he did at the Last Supper and the same thing we do every time we celebrate the Eucharist.
In the Eucharist, we see the beautiful plan of God’s love for us.
My young brothers and sisters, this is the whole truth, pure and simple: God loves you. He has a plan for your life. And he sent Jesus into the world to show us this plan, to show us how to live.
Jesus came down from heaven — because he loves you. He shared in our human experience. He knows what it means to be a child, to grow up in a family, to get an education, to have a job. He had friends and loved ones and he experienced happiness and sadness.
And we remember his love, his sacrifice for us — every time we celebrate the Eucharist.
Jesus gave all that he had, he gave everything for you. And he is still giving his life for you — in his Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist.
So, if we want to be good Christian leaders, like the Apostles, we need be close followers of Jesus Christ — just like they were.
In the second reading today, St. Paul says: I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you.
This is a good way to think about our lives, how to live.
The apostles offered what they had to Jesus — five loaves, two fish. And Jesus blessed their gifts and multiplied their gifts so the apostles could share them with other people.
This is how Jesus taught his apostles to follow him and to be leaders of his people. To be good leaders is to serve other people like Jesus did.
Think about Jesus — he was always serving. Giving himself to other people.
So, just like Jesus fed the crowd in the Gospel today — we have to go out into our world and feed the hungry and help those who are hurting, people who are lonely.
This is our job, my young brothers and sisters. We need to share what we have — our time, our love.
So, stay close to Jesus in the Eucharist. He is truly present in the Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist is the great treasure of God’s love.
Every time you receive the Eucharist, think about how much Jesus loves you and say, “Thank you!” Pray to him, ask him to make you more aware of his presence.
Ask him to help you see his hidden presence in the people that you meet every day. And ask him to help you give yourself to others, as he gave himself for you.
And let us ask our Blessed Mother Mary to help all of us to follow her Son more closely.
1. Readings: Gen. 14:18-20; Ps. 110:1-4; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Luke 9:11b-17.