Bishop Carl A. Kemme leads a Eucharistic Procession in a street north of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita, Sunday afternoon, June 3, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. The Eucharist was carried around the block before returning to the cathedral. (Advance photos)

Jesus, after his ascension, didn’t leave us like a ship on the stormy seas, Bishop Carl A. Kemme said Sunday, June 3.
Jesus knew as he was preparing to make the ultimate sacrifice, one that would perfect the bloody sacrifices of the old covenant, he said, that the church would need his presence after he returned to the Father.
“And so he left us his body and blood to nourish us, to calm our fears, and to give us the strength to continue on the pathway that leads to heaven,” Bishop Kemme said before a Eucharistic Procession around the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
In the tabernacle or the monstrance, he said, Jesus remains with us like a loving spouse or parent. “His presence is unspeakably simple and yet profound. He does not speak but gazes upon us in our daily comings and goings, but his message is abundantly clear for those who believe: ‘I Am Here,’ with you always until the end of time.”
The church has encouraged a procession of the Blessed Sacrament for centuries, the bishop said, so that Jesus could be adored beyond the confines of the church.
“Jesus walked the pathways of Palestine and today he comes among us here in our neighborhood to sanctify our every step,” Bishop Kemme said. “Let us accompany him, as did the disciples, as he makes his way among us, now hidden, but no less present in the Sacred Host which will be my honor and privilege, as sinful as I am, to carry.”
May his presence sustain us in our trials, Bishop Kemme said, comfort us in our sorrows, calm us in our fears, embolden us in our desires, form us in our discipleship, and strengthen us for our journey.
“For one day, we shall sit with him at the banquet of the heavenly liturgy, forever singing his praises and experience the fullness of his joy, peace, and love.”

The procession traveled around the Cathedral campus on city streets.