Homily of H.E. Mons. Claudio Gatti of January 10, 2008
Jesus spoke from the very beginning about his preaching of the Eucharist, and it is a talk close to his heart from the first moments of his public life. Since He is God, arranging everything in the best possible way, He organized the great speech of the promise of the Eucharist after the great miracle of the multiplication of the loaves. He did it at that time to make people better understand that there are two loaves. One is the material bread, and you know it is assimilated by our body after we eat it, the other is the heavenly bread, the bread of angels and has exactly an opposite function: the Eucharist transforms us into God's children increasingly resembling Him.
Maybe sometimes we forget that Jesus is God, because we are used to see him outlined in drawings, in paintings, carved in statues, but Jesus, beyond true man, is also true God. Christ has a dual nature, human and divine, has a double will, human and divine, and has a double science, human and divine. His divine nature allows him to get what human nature cannot get.
I invite you to look with the soul eyes to the scene recounted in the Gospel. These people are tired, as Jesus himself acknowledged, they were following him for days, and did not even think to eat in order to listen to his teachings. They followed him up in the place where you cannot buy food. Please note Jesusí sensitivity who is concerned about the exhaustion and hunger of those who followed him. More than five thousand people. The Lord had already had a talk with the apostles in order to test their faith. Jesus says to the people who followed him to sit in groups of fifty and works the miracle of the loaves. But people, unfortunately, do not react well to spiritual stimuli. Perhaps they were following Jesus for the desire to emerge, to excel, to see the miracles and not because of the desire to give a stinging blow to their spiritual life, thus rising above the mediocrity of everyday life. Surely they were not motivated by deep faith and boundless trust in Christ.
Jesus, when He has to teach or say something, does not stop at nothing and no-one, because He is the Master and no-one can be an obstacle to him. And here is the wonderful speech on the Eucharist on which now I do not want to dwell because I want to stop and try to enter more into the Eucharistic heart of Jesus.
I asked Jesus: "What were you thinking when you did this speech?" Jesus was thinking about the way in which men would have received the Eucharist, about those who would love it, those who would have opposed it and those who would be faithful or unfaithful. Jesus was also thinking about those who would have made it the flag of their preaching and also about those who, instead, would have flown over the centrality and importance of the Eucharist. As there is no difference in God between present, past and future, the time is canceled before Him. Jesus saw at a glance everything about the Eucharist and saw each of us. As in the Gospel of St. Luke when talking about the rich young man meeting Jesus and St. Luke, referring the feeling of Jesus for this young man, says: "He looked at him and loved him". Well then, in that situation Jesus, true God and true man, saw each of us. He saw this thaumaturgic place and saw that after a downgrade of the Eucharist to the point of disappearing, for this was the intent of the Masonic evil plan of the men of the Church, the importance of the Eucharist has risen again and has enforced throughout the Church.
Jesus saw the triumph of the Eucharist, and I think I can say that at that moment his eyes settled with greater love and fondness towards those who would have suffered most for the realization of the triumph of the Eucharist. I have to say it, I cannot keep silent: his eyes rested lovingly on the Bishop of the Eucharist, the victim of the Eucharist and on all those who, though just a few, not representative, not educated, not powerful, not wealthy, would have followed the Bishop of the Eucharist and the seer, victim of the Eucharist.
This is what you need to keep in your mind: the certainty that history will talk about these events, these miracles, this place, and he who was called by God to carry out the mission. It is easy to think that this is the consequence of what has happened in this thaumaturgic place. In fact, the triumph of the Eucharist throughout the Church is the biggest event after birth, passion, death and resurrection of Christ. There is no happening, no event in the history of the Church that can be equated to the triumph of the Eucharist. For the triumph of the Eucharist is the actualization of the Eucharistic sacrifice, is the redemption going towards every soul and every person.
The Mother of the Eucharist was always close to her Son, naturally or supernaturally through bilocation. When Jesus delivered this speech she was present and tasted these words. Indeed, she is the one who best understood and enjoyed these words that aroused a huge love for her Son, Jesus the Eucharist. But then something else happened. Our lady and Jesus, every so often, would retire to pray. Jesus would retire to pray and did so even when he was in Gethsemane where he had called the three apostles. Subsequently He left them, went away from them and further proceeded in Gethsemane. With her Mother He had huge familiarity and closeness. Jesus joined her Mother and both spoke about the Eucharist. "You are Mother of the Eucharist" Jesus said to her, "You are Jesus the Eucharist", replied her Mother; they talked and also spoke about us. And from where does this knowledge, this truth come? Now you understand and it is clear to you what the Bishop and Jesus are talking about when they go "walking along the Jordan River".