The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

June 3, 2018

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi.) Someone asked me why we have a Sunday dedicated to the Body & Blood of Christ. “Isn’t Holy Thursday, the night Jesus instituted this Sacrament the real feast?” Well, yes it is, but occurs during Holy Week, in the midst of the Passion of Jesus. The Church has given us this feast as a reminder that the Eucharist is the font and summit to which all our lives attend. We receive this great sacrament believing that what we receive is the ‘Body, Blood. Soul, and Divinity’ of the living Christ. Have you ever stopped to think as you come forward to receive this great sacrament that Jesus is placed in your hand (or on your tongue) and you commune with Him. Wow! We have a foretaste of the eternal banquet feast of Heaven right here. It is so important that as we receive Him we respond. As the Body and Blood are presented to us we are to respond, “Amen!” (“I believe!) It is not just a part of the Mass; it is the summit to which all the rest of the Liturgy ascends. “We receive Christ”, as St. Augustine writes, “to become what we have received.” O such great a mystery! Amen.

Thank you to Deacon Dave, the Women’s Guild, and all who lent a hand in our Memorial Day, “Mass on the Grass.” It was a good turn-out. We had several from our sister parish, Immaculate Conception, including Deacon John Flanigan, their Parish Life Coordinator. I enjoyed the opportunity to have our two communities together. We can hopefully be doing more activities together. God gave us a great day to remember our veterans, especially those who gave the supreme sacrifice. The fellowship that followed was wonderful too thanks in big part to some of our wonderful bakers. Let us continue to pray for our valiant men and women serving in the armed forces.

This week we begin a series of articles inserted into the bulletin to help us understand and be prepared to welcome the Oratory of Sts. Gregory and Augustine to St. Luke’s Parish. This is a major change to our parish community, but one I am praying will enhance our stability and viability well into the future. I am grateful to Msgr. Morris for writing these articles for us.

I want to thank those who have recently set-up online giving to our parish. In this digital age it is an easy and convenient to be good stewards of our treasures. If you have any questions or need assistance to begin online giving, please contact Donna at the parish office. She will be more than happy to assist you.

June is traditionally devoted to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. While he was our Archbishop, now Cardinal Raymond Burke promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart, erecting a new shrine in the Cathedral-Basilica and bringing to parishes an image and prayer card with the morning offering prayer. The Sacred Heart of Jesus, revealed to St. Margaret Mary Alocoque, reminds us of the deep love of Jesus for all His disciples, and the love He asks to show to one another. During June reflect on the Sacred Heart. Many older Catholics might remember the old tradition of placing an image of the Sacred Heart in their homes. We did this as a sign of honoring Jesus and knowing that wherever the image of His Most Sacred Heart was placed our homes were blessed. A good tradition, eh?

Finally today, as we enter this month we enter into a more relaxed season with vacation plans, and a quieter time in the parish. This time of the year I begin planning for the Fall programs; R.C.I.A., Parish meetings, and perhaps some new ideas. Having been with you now for a year I hope to begin implementing some things I have seen we could be doing and beginning to plan for these. I hope you enjoy the summer months and find the needed time for a little R & R. Even God rested after His work of creation. Let’s make the summer a good Sabbath rest and get ready to move forward in mission come September.

God Bless! Have a good week!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)