Welcome to the Eleventh Sunday of the Year.
Tyburn is beside Hyde Park, in London. Tyburn was the place where, in the 1600’s, Catholics, clergy and lay, were taken for execution. They were hung, then cut down and cut open, and then quartered or cut into four pieces. Catholics gathered to see some of their own being put to death for their faith. Sometimes, the crowd even put flowers on the scaffolding, in solidarity with their faith-companions.
Could they have ever imagined that 400 years later, the Successor of Peter, Pope Benedict XV1 would gather nearby with 80,000 people, in prayer and praise and song? Could they ever have foreseen this? Probably not. Yet, it happened, in 2010.
This Sunday, June 17th 2012, sees the final Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress, in Dublin. About 80,000 people are expected to fill Croke Park. (If you are outside of Ireland, you can watch it on EWTN channel.) Here is a celebration of the gift of Eucharist, of the Body and Blood of the Lord, given to us in a tiny host or in a chalice. Little is indeed Large! What seems small to the eye is fullness to the heart. It is food for the world.
And the Readings that we are given for this Weekend’s Mass? Planting, waiting, with patience and belief. ‘We walk by faith, not by sight’. What God is doing among us is like a tiny seed that is planted by God, and grows from something very small to something beyond our dreams.
Home, or Away, we are courageous, – therefore we aspire to please him. Our God is doing something in us. It’s happening, folks! – hidden perhaps, but real none the less. The tiny seed will in time give shelter to the birds of the air,- to the whole world. What the Lord is doing will bear great fruit, in time. Is it bearing fruit in us? Sin ceist !
Seamus Devitt, C.Ss.R.
(Check www.iec2012.ie re highlights of the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, June 10-17, 2012.)