After decades of wandering in or near the cellar of the AL Central, our Royals seem to be on the verge of success. And when we finally repeat the glory of our 1985 World Series championship, we will celebrate–individually and as a community.
Our community’s celebration will certainly include a parade through town. It won’t be enough just to have pictures or videos of the team on hand. No, we will have Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and other star players sitting atop cars that slowly make their way down the street, so that everyone can see them and cheer.
If we’re willing–in fact, eager–to do all that for a baseball team, how much more should we desire to do this in honor of the Savior of the world?
We have no idea when (or even if) the Royals will actually win the World Series again, but we do know that Our Lord is already victorious. We celebrate His saving presence at every Mass, and we honor His presence outside of Mass through Eucharistic adoration.
And in a particular way, we publicly recognize and acclaim the victory of Christ the King in our annual Corpus Christi procession through the streets of Kansas City.
What makes the procession so special isn’t simply the banners or symbols of Jesus or the mere memory of what He has done for us. Rather, He’s present “in the fullest sense” (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 1373-81).
Our Lord Himself tells us in today’s Gospel what Archbishop Naumann will be carrying in a monstrance through the streets of Kansas City for all to see:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my Flesh for the life of the world.”
For more on the “real presence” of Christ under the appearance of bread and wine, including an explanation of John 6, click here. Also see Dr. Edward Sri, “The Heart of the Home: Jesus in the Eucharist,” found in Hahn and Suprenant, eds., Catholic for a Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God (Emmaus Road, 1998), 161-80.