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The Feast of Corpus Christi

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The Feast of Corpus Christi


Dear Church Family,

What “blessed assurance”!  I am so blessed as I am reflecting on the sacred word of God today and the Feast day of the Body and Blood of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I am so blessed to journey with you when this feast comes up.  I am able to proclaim and claim in my life, along with you, that we are “Eucharistic centered people of God”!  The word of God leads us daily in the challenges of good living as Jesus’ people.  We get prayed up on Sunday and we receive Holy Communion and as St. Augustine proclaimed 1500 years ago or more, “ We are what we eat”.  We eat the body and blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ and know spiritually that we have Jesus within us.  As the sign says in the back of church, We come to worship and we leave to serve.  How good it is for me to almost every day celebrate the Holy Eucharist.  It is more meaningful to me every year of my priesthood.  As I told you sometime back that I am in a good space, and probably you too.  I don’t have to worry about believing because I totally believe in all our teachings and especially that Jesus is totally present, body and blood, soul and divinity in this Holy Communion.  The bread and wine that I receive, and it is good to always challenge yourself to receive both the bread and wine, I believe that this is Our Lord, and I am going to become what I eat.  I am going to become Jesus or Jesus’ loved one who is now a disciple to go out into the world.  In our daily living and in our family, we will be that person of God that we are called to be.  Spiritually, I feel so strengthened every time I receive communion that I believe Jesus is within me and probably you do also.  Let’s celebrate that on this feast day.

It was interesting in my reflection this day, that when the disciples came up to Him and said, “Dismiss the crowd, we don’t have anything to feed them, Jesus said “Feed them yourselves”.  In a way, he is calling them to have total belief that he is the Bread of Life and all things are going to work out.  We believe that.  When we hear those words, we know that Jesus is challenging us to feed them ourselves.  We already have the Bread of Life and now we have the power to do just a little bit more.

So enjoy this wonderful feast and God strengthen you.  I am absent today for a family wedding in Chicago.  I just have to be there for my family because supposedly, I am the patriarch of the family which is such a nice privilege.  God bless all of you as you continue to grow spiritually in total belief that Jesus is present in the bread and the wine.  It is miraculous that I can have that happen to me every day.


Father Bob


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