35,000April 12, 2017
by Fr. Herb Weber
According to a recent traffic study, 35,000 cars pass our church each day. Only God knows for sure where all these people are going. I can guess that some are heading to or from work, some to or from school or stores. Others may be driving on their way to a restaurant or for a movie. Perhaps some are driving by without any real reason at all.
At the same time, I realize that 35,000 is a small number when compared with all the traffic on I-75, a mile east of our facility. Recently, while praying before the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel (Room 105) I could see the host in the monstrance on the altar while also seeing through the window and noting hundreds of cars and trucks on the interstate highway across the fields. It was a fascinating juxtaposition of images.
Jesus in the Eucharist is a visible reminder that God is with us and all people at all times, a real sign of stability. In contrast, I saw many vehicles hurrying from one place to another, often going great distances in a single day.
Tomorrow, on Holy Thursday, we celebrate the on-going presence of our redeemer in the Eucharist. Jesus left us himself in this sacrament so that we would know, regardless of how far we travel or where our journey leads us, God is truly with the human race.
“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in that person.”