Vatican News reported on the homily given by Pope Francis at Sunday’s Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi. But instead of preaching on the Real Presence of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, the pontiff played down the true meaning of the Eucharist.
While he mentioned the “Food and Drink of eternal life” it was lost in all the talk of encounter, community and welcoming. Continuing with what may be considered a theme of this pontificate, Pope Francis said that “a Church of the pure and perfect is a room with no place for anyone.” These are such strange words, as those who receive Our Lord worthily are no strangers to the Sacrament of Confession and thus do not in any way think of themselves as “pure” or “perfect.”
By contrast, the Sacrificial Victim of the Mass, Our Lord Himself, is the pure and perfect offering to God the Father.
Mass was offered at a side altar in St. Peter’s, rather than at the main altar, which apparently has not been used since the closing Mass of the Amazon Synod in 2019. It was at that Mass that a bowl containing earth and plants, not unlike an offering made to the demon Pachamama, was placed on the altar, in violation of Liturgical rubrics.
As is often the case with this Pope, he offered some words that would become very meaningful if placed in the context for which they were meant. He spoke of our need to be receptive to God’s presence, and of how the world becomes a better place when we go out and share what we have received in Mass. He vaguely mentioned God’s presence and Jesus’ sacrifice, but not in a way that would be offensive to a Protestant’s ears.
What Pope Francis did not explain clearly and precisely is the reality that Jesus’ Sacrifice on the Cross is perpetuated at each Mass, and that the Sacred Host is the True Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord.
This is the message that the world most needs to hear: that Jesus is alive and among us in every tabernacle of every Catholic Church in the world.
What Modernists fail to see is that Jesus is not present – in the Eucharistic sense – in meetings between Catholics and Protestants or in a social gathering of the poor and marginalised or in a simple hut in the Amazon. He is present, that is true, but not in His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, as He is in the Blessed Sacrament.
Do Modernists not realise that Jesus Christ comes to all people – to rich capitalists, to “rigid” Traditionalists, to “clericalist” priests, whose only crime is their orthodoxy – yes, He brings His blessings and graces to all those classes and to anyone who is in a state of grace.
As the Pope sat (he alone did not kneel at the sight of the Lord exposed in the Monstrance) he looked unwell and unhappy, as he contemplated …… we shall never know.
Let us hope and pray that one day before he dies – and that day cannot be too far in the future – this Pope will repent of his grievous sins against Holy Mother Church, reject his Masonic agenda and implore God’s mercy for himself and for his corrupt hierarchy.