(From the Bulletin of Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church, June 18, 2017)
The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
In the First Reading for this great feast of Corpus Christi (the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ), Moses reminds the people in the desert to "remember their story."
And what a story! From the beginning of creation, God has always taken care to feed the people He created. They failed to appreciate the delicious fruit in the Garden of Eden, so they lost it! But later He gave them that mysterious "manna" in the desert. They got tired of that, too. Then Jesus promised them something much better than manna. After all, He told them, your fathers ate manna in the desert, and they're all dead!
However, they couldn't trust Him and all His talk about "flesh and blood." They ran, except Peter and the apostles. How blessed for the Church and for themselves that they did stay! Even though the Last Supper was still shrouded in mystery, they got the idea of how He would give them His own Body and Blood. That wonderful Emmaus incident of Jesus revealing Himself in "the breaking of the bread" helped a lot, but it took the coming of the Holy Spirit for them to finally believe with all their minds and hearts. And the Mass was celebrated from then on!
St. Paul insists we are all one body when we celebrate (French or Latino, American or African or Chinese) we are all one body, for rejoicing, for loving and for giving away. I think the biggest question this week for us, besides firmly believing in the Real Presence, is the question of how much of the Eucharist do we share?
After all, if we really become the Body and Blood of Christ, in the Lord and in one another, then selfishness has no place. Of course, we want to delight in the Lord's friendship, for some time after receiving Holy Communion (don't let anyone cheat you out of that time!). But then we must "go" and "give."
We give when we discipline ourselves when we answer the pastor's call for help in a parish activity and when we are patient with our children (even if we have to force a smile and a kind word of correction). And we certainly give when we share ourselves and our families on a Sunday afternoon with a visit to grandmother or an aunt or just a neighbor in the nursing home or hospital.
May the heart of Jesus, in the most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored and loved, with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles throughout the world, until the end of time. Amen.
Fr. Louis Kemayou, Pastor
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
LORD of the Harvest, BLESS young people with the gift of courage to respond to your call. Open their hearts to great ideals, to great things. INSPIRE all of your disciples to mutual love and giving - for vocations blossom in the good soil of faithful people. INSTILL those in religious life, parish ministries, and families with the confidence and grace to invite others to embrace the bold and noble path of a life consecrated to you. UNITE us to Jesus through prayer and sacrament, so that we may cooperate with you in building your reign of mercy and truth, of justice and peace. Amen.
A PRAYER FOR FATHERS
“We give our thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives. Fatherhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others fail. We ask for Your blessings for them all - and forgiveness where it is needed. This Father’s Day we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways - both big and small - they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach. So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent - grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, pastors and coaches - and the women of our families. For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting. Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You. In Your Holy name, O God, we pray. Amen.”
PRAYER for the EUCHARIST
God, Who left for us a memorial of Your Passion in this miraculous sacrament, Grant we implore You, that we may venerate the holy mystery of Your Body and Blood, so that we may ever experience in ourselves the fruitfulness of Your redemption. You who life and reign, world without end. Amen.