Whatever is said about Christ being truly present in His totality in the Eucharist, He did not make it the center of His teaching in the Gospel. When our Lord came, it seems the Good News is entirely based on moral reformation. All His parables, stories, and instructions tell each man to buckle up and change himself for the good. He encouraged reading, preaching, loving one’s fellow, and making brothers out of all men. This seems so much more central than Communion, and yet… the section leading up to, including, and after the Consecration takes up more time in the Mass than the instructive part of the Mass does.
It used to be officially called the “Holy Sacrifice of the Mass”, right? This implies that the Consecration and Communion are more important than the instruction, to me. Why should this be the case, when God spent 3 years in ministry, and only one night on the Eucharist?
What does a solemn consecration of the Eucharist mean if the congregation are ignorant of true moral living? How can the Eucharist impart grace to people who don’t know how to live like Christians in the first place? My problem is that homilies seem more accidental or dispensable, when they are really the most important part of the whole Mass! It’s a human being speaking directly to others, with moral authority, on how to live. This seems more important than the Eucharist, which does not speak or teach.