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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, Today, the Church celebrates the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). In this great feast, we remind ourselves of this great gift that Christ gives us: His Body and Blood, present in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the presence of God among men. Jesus makes Himself present each time the Holy Mass is celebrated.  The first reading from the book of Genesis prefigures the Institution of the Eucharist through the person of Melchizedek who offered bread and wine to bless Abram. The psalm confirms the ministerial priesthood that Christ instituted as we respond: “You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.” (Ps 110). In the second reading, Saint Paul describes the Institution of the Eucharist. The gospel reading for today’s feast speaks to us of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves, which is itself a prefiguration too of what Jesus was going to institute at the last supper.  In all these readings, there is one recurring theme: offering / giving. Melchizedek, as a priest of God, offered up bread and wine on behalf of Abram and blessed him. Abram, for his part, gave Melchizedek a share of what he had, not because he had to, but out of his own free-will. Saint Paul, in the second reading, tells us of the offering of Christ to the Father and to all men out of love. He asks all of us to “Do this (the Eucharist) in remembrance of me” (1 Cor 11:24,26). We too are called to offer ourselves, as we “remember” Christ’s offering of Himself, taking place every time we attend the Holy Mass. Jesus, in today’s gospel, tells his disciples to “Give them (the crowds) something to eat” (Lk 9:13). He invites us, his disciples to be ready to offer something to others, to the people who are in need.  The Eucharist not only nourishes our soul, but also, it transforms us into “eucharist” for others. Saint Paul writes to the Romans: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship” (Rom 12:1) Let ourselves become a gift to God and to all men as we offer the bread and wine at Holy Mass. Let our lives be a thanksgiving to God as is the Eucharist.  Brother John-Van

The Most Holy Trinity (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, Last weekend we had a major announcement.  Many of you have had a chance to express how you feel.  I was reminded of a famous quote: “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”  It really feels like those words ring true.  Some of you have expressed your strong support, some of you have expressed your strong discontent. Many of you have expressed that you would like the vision modified in one way or another and yet at the same time many have expressed that you would be happy to follow and you are ok with this vision as it is proposed. Whatever your thoughts may be, two things are of the utmost importance right now: Take the time to give this over to God in prayer. This is really important.  As Catholics we must not let our feelings overwhelm us.  Turning in prayer to God, we do have to place this, like everything else into God’s hands.  You are being asked to give input too, but not on a reactionary basis.  Heed what our Bishop asked when he said to pray and do nothing for two weeks. Know that you will have July and August to formulate your thoughts if you feel the need. There will be a meeting with the Bishop concerning the proposal directly related to our situation, on July 17th.  I will announce more on that when the date and venue are confirmed. Have courage and hope.  Don’t lose sight of the fact that God is alive!  He writes straight with crooked lines. In the end, it is still God that writes, not any of us, and it is for us to follow Him.  Remember that that is part of what it means to be part of the Church.  To trust that God writes through the good and the bad, the up and the down, and that it is beautiful. Also, that whatever may happen, with courage, hope and God’s grace we will be able to do something beautiful for God’s people. I have seen a lot of difficult situations, as I am sure you have.  The mature response will always be in the calm, collected courageous and hopeful person, who through all things remains faithful to Christ and His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.  Fr Michael-Thérèse