Corpus Christi

June 6, 2021

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, “Corpus Christi”.  Msgr. Morris and the Oratory community have generously extended an invitation to all St. Luke parishioners to join in the traditional Corpus Christi procession this Sunday, June 6th following the 11:30am Holy Mass. The procession, led by first communicants, a Knights of Columbus Honor Guard, and choir, will process through the streets of Richmond Heights giving fitting glory and honor to our Eucharistic Lord. Today’s readings give us the opportunity to reflect on the tremendous gift Jesus has given us of Himself. As Catholics we believe that He is truly present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Most Holy Eucharist. In our first reading Moses reminds the people of God’s covenant with them and then sprinkles with the blood of a bull to seal that covenant saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words of His.” This is the old covenant that the people of Israel continued to renew every year at Passover. In today’s Gospel, Jesus at the Last Supper, institutes the Eucharist and establishes the new and everlasting covenant that He, Himself, with give by the shedding of His own blood on the cross. The author of the Letter to the Hebrews speaks powerfully of the difference between the two covenants saying, “For if the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkling of a heifer’s ashes can sanctify those who are defiled so that their flesh is cleansed, how much more will the Blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God.” Today we celebrate the opportunity to renew the new and eternal covenant as we receive the Precious Body and atoning Blood of Jesus into our souls.

With the celebration of Corpus Christi, I want to take this opportunity to thank our Sunday Choir for their dedication this past year. During the summer months the choir will not sing regularly, in order to give them a break, and help us all appreciate their gift to us each Sunday. We thank them, along with our organist Frank for the sharing of their time and talents this past year. Thank you for the gift of music.

Also today I want to thank those who helped in our Memorial Day Mass on the Grass; our deacon, Deacon Dave for providing and setting-up the altar, credence table, and altar linens; our wonderful Women’s Guild for providing refreshments after Mass for all who attended, to Joe and Dee for coordinating programs, and for all who came for Mass from both St. Luke’s and I.C. parishes. Our next “Mass on the Grass” will not be until September’s Labor Day Mass. (The 4th of July this year falls on a Sunday.)

Finally today, as we enter the month of June, a month in our liturgical life dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, may we take time this month to reflect on the image of the Sacred Heart and find in this a reminder of His great love for each of us. “O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine.”

God Bless! Have a great week!

Please continue praying 3 Hail Marys.

Fr. Pete