'The Lord suffered on the Cross all morning; he can handle this.' It's a little phrase that I offer to myself to keep me from indulging unhelpful indignation when I see the indignities to which Our Lord is sometimes subjected in his Presence in the Blessed Sacrament. For example, when I see someone chewing gum in the communion procession and I feel like pulling them out of line and threatening to boil their head in vinegar, I just remind myself that Jesus can handle it and I ask him to inspire me notice the opportunities for a more charitable correction.
Of course many such indignities are accidents, like when someone drops the Host. This happens from time to time. To me it demands a quick, delicate, and twofold pastoral response. First, the dropped Host must be recovered immediately, and somehow reserved so that the priest, deacon, or EMoHC can consume It eventually. Second, and this, to me, is the part that requires some delicacy, a response--even if only by gesture--must be made to the communicant. If the communicant is embarrassed or horrified by the incident, it is important to do something by word, expression, or body language to put him at ease. On the other hand, if the communicant is nonchalant about having dropped the Host, even by accident, he needs to be put a little ill at ease about it. In just a few seconds, the priest or other minister must perform the physical act of recovering the dropped Host, discern the spiritual condition of the communicant, and communicate a corresponding pastoral reaction.
I'm just thinking about this today because at Mass this morning I had an incident of Host dropping like none I have ever experienced. The communicant, a nice older lady, mishandled the Host and dropped It. I immediately looked to the floor, but didn't see it. Somehow it had landed on the rear end of the previous communicant's sweatpants and stuck there. (He was to my right, facing away from me, in procession to receive the Precious Blood.) "Well," I thought to myself, "I'm not going to make him turn around by trying to have a conversation about this." So I just plucked the Host from his backside and put it in it's own spot in my ciborium. I told the lady that everything was o.k. and gave her Communion again. There's always something new that can happen at Mass!