We are completing this weekend the "quadfecta" of Sunday Feasts: Ascension, Pentecost, Holy Trinity, and now Corpus Christi. Today, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, we focus on the Eucharist. The crucial passage from John 6, which is our Gospel today, lays out the concept of the real presence. “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him” (Jn 6:56). Saint Paul is fairly explicit as well: “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?” (1 Cor 10:16).
Jesus has chosen to show his love for us by having the Eucharist. Sure, there are many ways God can love us and we can love God. But the fundamental way for the expression of love, by Christ's design, is receiving Holy Communion. I think this is an important point to consider, especially for those who struggle with attending Mass. Why do I have to go to Church? Parents have heard that question many times, I'm sure. I know I asked my parents that when I was younger. Why do we go to Mass? Because that's how Jesus loves us and we love him.
The Five Love Languages is a book that outlines how people express and experience love. There is no one, right way to show love. The way to love depends on the individual. The five ways are: gift-giving, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, and physical touch.
I sometimes discuss this with couples preparing for marriage, or those already married. A person may not be a hugger, for example. That does not mean he does not love the other. He may show his love by doing acts of service. We have to respect how the other person loves, and not force our way of loving upon the other. The same applies to Jesus. The "way" to love for Jesus is by going to Mass. Hopefully we can love going to Mass too.
Happy Father's Day! To all fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, spiritual fathers, and any man who acts and lives like a father, thank you. The sacrifices you make for us, out of love, make a difference in our lives. You protect us, provide for us, and give us a model of virtue and integrity. May God bless you and may St. Joseph continue to guide you.
This weekend is our Missionary Appeal Weekend. We welcome Sister Monica Devine of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary to our parish. Thank you in advance for your generosity to this cause.
Again, thank you to all who helped with the Farewell Mass and Reception for Joyce Browne and Pam Francisco. It was a very nice, and well-deserved, send off. Thank you for your service, Pam and Joyce. You will be missed. And thank you as well, Katrina McDermott, for your four years of service to our school. This upcoming Friday is Katrina's official last day with us. God bless you, Katrina, and we hope to see you around in your new position with the Archdiocese!
This upcoming Thursday is the Senior Group Picnic. Enjoy your time together!
Every priest is required to do a five-day retreat every year, and I will be taking mine this week. I will be away in silence Sunday through Friday. Please know I will be praying for you and offering Mass for you. I pray for your health, happiness, and holiness. May God love you!
Yours in Christ,