A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
June 30, 2020
June 15, 2020
One more important Liturgical Celebration this week before we resume Ordinary Time: The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ! In the words of Jesus, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven, whoever eats this bread will live forever. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day.” John 6.51, 54 His desire was to save us that we might be with him forever. He loved so deeply that he became man and withstood the suffering of crucifixion to pay the debt for the sins of his people, once and for all. Overpowering death and sin, he shared his Body and Blood that we might live with him for eternity. Jesus loves beyond our ability to comprehend. Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves and still his love does not waiver. In fact, it is solidified in his promise that he will be with us always and if we, his people, eat of his Body and Blood, eternity with him is ours. Is there in all the world a
gift more meaningful or precious?! Ordinary bread and wine become Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, all part of God’s plan for our salvation. Something ordinary, becomes extraordinary, even unto eternal life! How often do you take time to reflect on the Eucharist? Only at Mass in those moments before or after receiving Holy Communion? Or have you taken time to pray, to have conversation with God about that incredible gift? What does it mean to you to receive Christ into your own body? What is your hope each time you receive Holy Communion? These past few months we have all learned what it is like to not have available the gift of the Eucharist and I imagine that many are longing for the days when we can return to a regular schedule of Masses that would allow us to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus. The live-streaming of the Mass, especially from St. Francis Xavier has been a gift to all as we live with a pandemic. Seeing the celebration of Mass in our own church, the presence of Fr. Tim at the altar and familiar voices proclaiming the Word of God is comforting. But nothing can compare to being present and to be able to receive the Eucharist! Perhaps this new reality will instill in our heart words of praise and thanksgiving to God for the gift of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Perhaps we will return with a renewed appreciation for a gift that fulfills the promise of Jesus to be with us for all time. In the words from the prayer of a Spiritual Communion: My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You. In your name, I pray.
Amen. With gratitude for the gift of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ,