Feast of Corpus Christi

Today we celebrate Corpus Christi, which is Latin for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.

We thank God for the gift of the Eucharist. Father John H. Hampsch wrote a book called, The Healing Power of the Eucharist. In the book he reflects on us being body, mind, and spirit.

Jesus Christ revealed to us that he has come that we may have life and have it more abundantly. Jesus also revealed to us the Eucharist is the bread of life.

When we are in need of physical, emotional or spiritual healing or for more abundant life we need only to pray with Jesus in the Eucharist and to receive the Eucharist. One of the great gifts we have is our Adoration hours of the Blessed Sacrament!

Lord please continue to heal us as we spend time with you and receive you in the Eucharist.

May God Bless us.

Contemplating the Trinity

Father Cantalamessa, who has been the preacher for the Papal household, wrote an excellent book Contemplating the Trinity. He devotes part of the book to the place we encounter the Trinity. He focused on the indwelling God has in us. Jesus describes the indwelling in the Gospel of John.

"Jesus answered and said to him, 'Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him." (John 14:23)

Fr. Cantalemessa also quotes St. John of the Cross to describe the indwelling of God. St. John of the Cross in his Spiritual Canticle states:

God "raises the soul most sublimely, and informs her that she may breathe in God the same breath of love that the Father breathes in the Son...God grants her the favour of attaining to being deiform and united in the Most Holy Trinity, wherein she becomes God by participation."

How can we be anything but amazed at the fact that God has decided to dwell within us and through that indwelling we become like God by participating in His life?

May God Bless us.

Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday is the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to each of us. The promise Jesus gave that we would not be left orphaned or alone by God.

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and brings us the love God has poured into our hearts.

With the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are called to live and walk in the Spirit of God - to grow in His love and share that love with everyone we meet.

Come Holy Spirit, Come!

May God bless us.

The Ascension of Our Lord

Today we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord, Jesus Christ into heaven.

What a marvelous event that must have been!

We can think it may have been hard for the apostles and followers of Jesus to imagine he would no longer be with them on earth. But, seeing the glory that the gates of heaven were opened and Jesus would be seated at the right hand of God the Father brought them hope.

Take a few minutes today to meditate on this fantastic gift of love and the Eternal Life that Jesus still offers each of us in the Holy Eucharist of every Mass.

He gave his life, so that we may live eternally. Go out now and share the Good News and praise His Holy Name!

Alleluia! Alleluia!

May God bless us.

The reason for your Hope

"Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence..." 1 Peter 3:15-16

Hope is a virtue in Christians that stands out. Only in our faith can we have hope that transcends anything, no matter how difficult or earth shattering it may be, that comes up in our lives or the lives of anyone else around us. We can all react differently and express emotions differently when it comes to experiencing the death of a loved one.

There is a difference in a person who has deep faith and hope in that situation. They are able to maintain a calm or peace even in the midst of many tears being shed. It has much to do with being able to live out the passage above from St. Peter. We can tell others the reason for our hope is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord.

May God Bless us.

Proclaim Jesus Christ to All People

All through the Easter Season we get to read about the happenings in the early Church. This happens because we go through the Acts of the Apostles in our first readings.

One of the common themes is that the Apostles are boldly preaching Christ risen from the dead to all people and inviting them into proclaiming the faith with them. Another common occurrence is the authorities continually telling them to be quiet. "We gave you strict orders, did we not, to stop teaching in the name of Jesus the Christ." And again, later in another scripture we hear, "The Sanhedrin ordered the apostles to stop speaking in the name of Jesus."

One of the responses the Apostles had given earlier to these reproaches was in telling the authorities that if they would remain silent about Jesus the stones would cry out.

Do we have this kind of zeal for proclaiming Jesus Christ to all people?

Let us continue to pray for our Church that we may proclaim Christ risen from the dead to all people and invite them into an encounter with the source of all life. Christ is Risen from the dead.

Alleluia!

The Good Shepherd

Jesus Christ describes himself in our Gospel reading today as the Good Shepherd.

The Good Shepherd is one of the images that the early Church used often in depicting Christ. Being in a rural community this image of good shepherd could be somewhat relatable to our own experience.

The passage we have today is from John chapter 10. Later in the 21st chapter of John Jesus reveals to Peter that he is to continue the presence of Jesus on earth in a very real way as being the good shepherd when he tells him feed my lambs, tend my sheep, and feed my sheep at his threefold proclamation of his love.

Today please spend a few moments in prayer for our current shepherd in succession of St. Peter, Pope Francis and our local shepherd Archbishop Naumann. May God continue to grant us unity with our shepherds.

"These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd."

May God Bless us.

Importance of the Holy Eucharist

In the Gospel today, we hear Jesus tell Peter to “feed my sheep”. How are we fed today? We rejoice in receiving the gift of the sacrifice of the Mass which is our Lord in Holy Eucharist.

We can reflect on the fruits of receiving the Eucharist which have been opened to us and to all who come to receive with an open heart.  The principle fruit of receiving the Eucharist in Holy Communion is an intimate union with Christ Jesus. It preserves, increases and renews the life of grace received at Baptism. Holy Communion separates us from sin and preserves us from future mortal sins.

The Eucharist strengthens our charity or love, which tends to be weakened in daily life. Those who receive the Eucharist are united more closely to Christ. Through it Christ unites them to all the faithful in one Body the Church.

The Eucharist commits us to the poor. What a beautiful gift the Eucharist is and one that provides such abundant fruits.

May the Eucharistic Lord Bless you in every way.