The Gospel of Matthew which was read last Sunday ended with the words:
“And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age.”
This is the promise that the presence of Jesus, the presence of the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit would be with us always and this week we celebrate the “concrete” presence of Jesus with us in the Eucharist as we celebrate the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
As Catholics, we understand that the actions of the priest, by the power of the Holy Spirit, change our ordinary gifts of bread and wine into the REAL PRESENCE – the body and blood of Jesus. We call this “transubstantiation” for though the hosts and the wine look and taste the same, the “substance” has changed and we are gifted with Jesus with us, Jesus within us.
I have to share that when I have the privilege of serving as an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister I am humbled at the thought that I, an imperfect, sinful human being, have the opportunity to hold in my hands the awesome and real Jesus Christ. At times I have wondered; “Who am I that I should be allowed to distribute Jesus Christ to another?” What I understand is that I was invited to do just that as I grew in faith and understanding of Jesus and his Church.
Here at St. Francis Xavier we are privileged with the leadership of Fr. Tim who provides the Eucharist under both species (bread and wine) at all weekend liturgies and we are always in need of those who have a desire to assist in this sacred ministry. If you have an interest in sharing the Body and Blood of Christ at our Masses, God may be calling you to become a Eucharistic Minister.
Pray about it, and then call Geri Blais at our parish office to offer your time and talent in this way. You will be welcomed and trained and you will be gifted with increased love for Jesus and His people.
Let us pray:
SOUL OF CHRIST,
Sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of
Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Your wounds, hide me,
let me not to be separated from you.
From the enemy; defend me. At the hour of my
death, call me to yourself, that with Your saints,
I may praise you forever and ever. Amen.
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC