The moment of Eucharistic consecration is a second but even greater Big Bang in which a priest, in persona Christi, brings about a temporal re-presentation of God and sets off a chain reaction that restores creation - inverting the fallen world on itself, reordering it through the heart of Christ during his passion and upon reception, reordering the hearts of men.
In the garden, man desired to be God and as a result God sent man out of the garden to work. But, due to Pride our work was to always be disordered. Because we chose to master Creation, rather than participate in God’s plan, we were set to forever fight the current. The yoke would not be easy. By the sweat of our brow, we would toil and bring about only death. God did not cast us out as punishment but very clearly told us the reality of our free decision to forge our own path.
However, through Christ and the holy priesthood he established, God enters the fruits of our labor and joins the work of men - bread and wine - with the redemptive work of the Creator. At the priest’s hands, through sacrament and humility, our fallen nature is given the opportunity to rise to its ordered place as children of the Father who partake in his creative works. In other words, it is not just something that comes from nothing, which occurs during the Big Bang, but the source of everything that emerges from the decaying fruits of our labor restoring the work of men and spilling over into the world.
The Host, once bread made by the sweat of our brow, becomes Christ who reigns at the center of heaven and the created universe. When we consume the Eucharist, we consume God Himself and commune with all the elect. Through union with Christ at the wedding feast of the altar, we are grafted to the mystical body and provided with a path to enter into the heavenly reality here and now as children of God, reordering the world around each and every one of us.
As Catholics, we have a duty to carry that heavenly reality with us into the world to bring the world in on itself, orienting it towards the altar and elevating it through the heart of our Lord.
"Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe which was created out of nothing, and delicately balanced to provide exactly the conditions required to support life. In the absence of an absurdly improbable accident, the observations of modern science seem to suggest an underlying, one might say, supernatural plan."
- Arno Penzias (Nobel-prize winning physicist)
Today the world lost a wonderful man who was so influential in forming the lives of so many people. I owe a great debt to Jim Gonzales and the Gonzales family for helping bring me to God and for showing me what it meant to be a good man when I was desperately in need of such a role model. My prayers go out for Mr. Gonzales, his wife and his children. For Mr. Gonzales as he journeys deep into the heart of God, may his guardian angel and the sweet voice of Our Lady guide him there swiftly. For the Gonzales family as they transition to forming a new relationship with their father and husband in prayer, that they know that in Christ and through Christ we are people of the resurrection. I take consolation in the fact that when Christ was on his cross, he didn’t see the cross and yet it was holding him upright and bringing about our salvation. Though we can not see those we have lost, in our suffering they hold us upright and Christ is there as a bridge between heaven and earth keeping us together.