In His Passion, to which His intense love for us urged Him, Jesus Christ was outlawed. His people denied Him, calumniated Him, allowed Him no defense.
He was delivered unprotected to the mercy of His enemies; He laid claim to the rights of not even the commonest criminal. For the love and salvation of His people, He sacrificed His claims as a citizen and an honest man. In the Eucharist, Jesus Christ again accepts this immolation of His civil life. He is present there without any rights; the law does not recognize Him. He, the God-made-Man, the Saviour of the human race, has scarcely a word in the code of the nations that He has redeemed. Living in the midst of us, we ignore Him: "There hath stood one in the midst of you, whom you know not."
Society does not honor Him. In many countries, the feast of Corpus Christi is suppressed. Jesus Christ can not go abroad, cannot show Himself in public! He must lie hidden. Men are ashamead of Jesus Christ! "I know not the man!" But who are they who blush at the mention of Jesus Christ? — Jews? Muslims? — No! They are Christians! The Eucharist is defenceless, unprotected. Provided that unbelievers do not openly disturb religious services, they may insult, they may commit sacrilege. Such things pass unnoticed! On the part of men, then, Jesus Christ is unprotected. But, perhaps. Heaven will take up His defence? — No! — As in the house of Caiaphas, as in that of Pilate, Jesus is given over by His Father to the will of sinners. "But Jesus he delivered up to their will." What! Jesus foresaw this when He instituted the Eucharist, and yet He freely chose that state? — Yes! — To be our model, our consolation in our trials, in the persecutions of the world. Till the end of the world He will so remain to be the example, the grace of every one of His children. He loves us.