The Analogy of Walking with Christ

Sunday, 14 June 2009, was the Feast of Corpus Christi: the Feast of the Body of Christ. It is the feast celebrated by the Roman Christian Catholic Church after Trinity Sunday to solemnly commemorate the institution of the Holy Eucharist (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04390b.htm)

At some places, commonly there will be a procession of the Blessed Sacrament (outdoor) and closed with the Benediction. Sydney Archdiocese did the procession on that day. They call it Walk with Christ. The procession began from St. Patrick’s Hill Church until St. Mary’s Cathedral (2.30pm – 4.30pm).

This is my first time joining the event. I went with my lovely girlfriend (^.^) and another friend. We took train from our accommodation to St. Patrick’s. There was already a lot of people (a lot here means A LOT). They came as either religious communities, parish groups, common groups (like us), families, couples, or singles. Their group flags decorated the road implicitly stating (and maybe promoting) their group identity.

The procession started with prayers, hyms, then started walking while doing the Rosary, following the Blessed Sacramet far away in front (for me).

It was raining during the procession, rain..stop..rain..stop..zzzzz…so annoying..!!!

Finally, we arrived at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The Blessed Sacrament was intended to be exposed outside the church, but since it’s wet so we did the rest of the procession inside the church. Cardinal George Pell then gave the sermon explaining about the feast itself and why the Eucharist is so very ultimately extremely importantly the heart of the Christian Catholic faith. The truth was revealed thoroughly from the sermon. Praise the Lord!

The procession was concluded with the Benediction. The End. Time to go home.

I was very excited to be the part of the event. Seriously, it was very awesome and valuable experience! I felt the proud of joining one of the Christian Catholic traditions, yep, something like filling my collection album. But something bigger than just a proud struck me after I heard a very short conversation when we went out the building.

A lady commented to a man, “The rain stops. The sky is very clear!”.

The man responded with, “It’s a blessing, isn’t it”.

(Can’t remember the exact conversation, but that’s the main idea).

I went out, looked at the sky, yes..it was very clear.

At the first time, I didn’t really bother about that. But when I reflected it for few days. The whole event: Walk with Christ, is not just a procession, It is actually a reconstruction of what the Christians in general and Catholics in specific do: walking with Christ.

Walking with Christ, following Christ, being a Christian in general and Catholic in specific is an invitation of salvation. The invitation was spread throughout the nations. For the people who accept the invitation, they start going and trying to be closer to Him. No matter the efforts are, their intention is to be closer to Christ.

After finding their way to be closer, they find out that they are not alone. Many people actually accept the invitation and do the same thing. They are now gathering as one, blending as one: the Church. No matter the background, education level, relationship status, characteristic, bla bla, they now are as one family in Christ.

As the Church, they together follow Christ as their leader who walks in front of them, giving the right examples, leading them to the path of the truth, the path of the salvation. They follow Him with praises and prayers. They follow him with joy and hope. But nobody realise at the very first time that following Christ will be so hard. The worlds are against them. Ups and downs smack them dramatically, sometimes raining, sometimes not. Faith and loyalty are challenged. It’s not all about physical persecutions though. Take it simpler: how ridiculous the Catholics are to wake up in the morning to celebrate the Mass on Sundays, or isn’t it better to have party on Friday night rather than gather together for a boring meeting prayer? or to be more dramatic, why are Catholics doing the false things: worshiping dead people?? Real presence of Christ in Eucharist?? Yea, right..!!!!

It’s really easy to fall with such simple reflections of the world. However, for them who really understand their faith, and who really want to understand their faith, they know that they are on the right track. Yep2, those people may continue walking with Him in praises and prayer, no matter how heavy the rain is. No matter how hard their life is, no matter how hard it seems to find Him in the reality, as long as they keep following Him, trust in Him, surrender in Him, everything will be beautiful in the end.

Finally, the time has come. For the people who keep their faith until the end of time, the Kingdom of Heaven is the reward. The gather together, having feasts with the Lord, and acknowledge the real revelation from the Source. All blessings will be given to them. And when they realise, they find out that finally, the sky is now clear. Salvation has come.

~ Christian Rosario

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