June 14, 2020
Today we gather to celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ, in former days called Corpus Christi. In those days there were elaborate processions through the neighborhood with the Blessed Sacrament carried by the priest under a festive canopy and servers carrying processional torches. Altars were set up at various places where the Eucharist was enthroned, hymns sung and blessings given. It all ended in Church with Solemn Benediction. Today we take the opportunity to appreciate the gift Jesus left to us to nourish and feed us along our pilgrim journey to the eternal banquet feast. We acknowledge today our faith that this gift is Jesus, truly present, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the consecrated host. Our readings today remind us that sometimes when the world around us is rejecting Christ, we need to recall those moments in life when we have been touched by Christ, the Bread of Life. In today’s first reading from Deuteronomy we hear Moses reminding the Israelites of the goodness they have received by God in the desert. He tells them, “Do not forget the Lord your God… who brought forth water for you from the flinty rock and fed you with manna.” In our short 2nd reading St. Paul speaks about the bread and wine we share as a sign of us all being one in Christ. Our Gospel, from John 6, the Bread of Life discourse of Jesus has Jesus telling us, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever, and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the world.” Jesus’ claim to be “the living bread come down from heaven,” occurs within a scene that begins with a question about believing He has been sent by God. The crowd has asked for a sign. Jesus responds that He Himself is the true bread. Just as the manna nourished the Israelites, Jesus says, so He will nourish those who accept Him. When they eat the gift He will leave for them for all times until He comes in glory, they will receive Him as food to life eternal. It baffles me how so many today do not believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. It is Him, the Lord of Glory, and the true Bread of Life. Today let us receive Him with faith and gratitude for the Bread that sustains us to life eternal.
As we continue to adapt to the regulations and procedures for worship I want to remind you that as you enter and leave Church, please use the hand sanitizer provided at the doors of Church. We are called to think not only of ourselves, but for our brothers and sisters. Masks need to be worn at Mass and most parishioners have been using them. Thank you. Please remember that for the foreseeable future we will not have an offertory procession with the bread and wine, and we will not have our ushers passing a basket through the congregation. On your way from receiving Holy Communion, I encourage all parishioners to place their offering in the basket in the main aisle. This is also a good time to consider the many parishioners who now give online. Please contact Donna at the parish office if you need assistance signing up for online giving.
As we look ahead to next month, the 4th of July falls on a Saturday this year. I would still like to do a “Mass on the Grass,” that day at our 9:00am time. Memorial Day was wet and muddy on the field. I certainly missed having Mass outside with parishioners. Please let me know what you think and the majority will decide.
Finally today, very few have commented on the “Ad Orientem” option I have been using for the past couple of weeks. I would appreciate your comments either through email or notes in the offertory. Anonymous messages will not be read. I certainly want us all to be on the same page and feel comfortable about gathering for Holy Mass.
God Bless! Have a great week!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)