When our Holy Father spoke to the crowds in Saint Peter’s Square after the Mass of Corpus Christi, he said that our Divine Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar is the treasure of the Church—the most precious of all the elements of her sacred legacy.
We can be sure that when the Pope speaks of “treasure,” he has in mind the parable of Jesus which tells of a farmer who, while plowing one day, discovers a treasure hidden in the field where he is working. So he hurries home, gets all his savings, and buys that field from its owner, so that now, the buried treasure is his. And so it is with Jesus, especially Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. In the field of the Church, Our Divine Lord in the Eucharist is a tremendous treasure, and we should be ready to sacrifice whatever else we might have in order to possess this spiritual wealth. Anything that hinders our union with Christ in the Eucharist is to be eradicated from our lives; anything that strengthens our bond with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is to be fostered.
Those who have fallen away from the practice of their religion deprive themselves of a deep friendship with Jesus in the Eucharist; those who prefer something else to Jesus—for example, an invalid and illicit marriage—deprive themselves of this treasure. Those who, for the slightest reason, miss Sunday Mass, deprive themselves of Jesus in the Eucharist. Those who could attend Mass during the week and receive Our Lord in Holy Communion, but do not do so simply out of lack of devotion to him, show how anemic their eucharistic devotion is and thus they, too, deprive themselves of a much warmer and more loving friendship with Our Lord in the Sacrament of the Altar.
The Church is the field; Jesus is the treasure in the field; we know that. But do we act upon it as the farmer did who hurried home to get all the money he could lay his hands on, and buy that field so as to possess that treasure?
When I was in high school, the Jesuit priests and scholastics who taught me encouraged all of us to attend not only Sunday Mass, but also daily Mass whenever possible. I got into the practice of attending Mass and receiving Holy Communion every day when I was in my second year of high school. I have been doing that, either as layman or priest ever since. What about you? Do you esteem Our Lord sufficiently to motivate yourself to attend weekday Mass from time to time, if not every day, and thus make use of the tremendous treasure that is yours for the taking? Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.