Sunday, June 10, 2007

CORPUS CHRISTI


We celebrate today the memorial of corpus Christi. Meaning the Body and Blood of Christ. Given to us by Jesus Himself at the Last supper. “Broken shared and mandated to do in his memory.”

Jesus said:
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you have no life in you; he who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."
-- John 6:53, 54

1. We are reminded today of receiving Christ into our lives, to be our strength, our courage, our protection, our nourishment.
Surely, food is important for us to survive to be physically fit and healthy, but we also need to be nourished spiritually so that we will be completely, holistically healthy.
“Men sana in corpore sano.“ by a Roman Poet Juvenal
A healthy body with a healthy spirit. It is never good to be physically healthy but spiritually malnourished.
2. We are reminded also today to try to understand a little better what the Eucharist or the MASS is, in our Life and in the Life of the Church.
Sad to say, somehow it has become so familiar and so ordinary that few take delight on it.
Other things or events can draw a crowd these days Like concerts or parties and yes the St. Gertrude’s feast but not the Eucharist. Somebody observed last Thursday, looking at the crowd in the feast. If only half of these people will go to church it will be a lot.

Dear brothers and sisters, the Holy Mass, the Eucharist, we should remember should always be the center of our lives as Catholics.
We cannot just go on by making it something unimportant.. A Public official once here in new York is running for president and he is a catholic but when asked where church does he go?. He said.. No comment,

It is important for each one of us dear brothers and sisters..
St. Theresa of Calcutta said, when the Eucharist is taken for granted something breaks up in our life.

Looking at how few would go to church nowadays,
Surely there is something wrong. Just like that story of the priest who started the mass and the microphone was not working, and frustrated he said there is something wrong with the microphone and people answered and also with you.

For us priest we are reminded to offer it sincerely and faithfully. We should be the celebrant rightly and properly. Celebrant. Not depressant. When because of us people are discouraged. Celebrant not celebrity when we take the acknowledgement, not Christ anymore.

As we receive Christ today, may we be renewed and become better persons, growing in our love for one another and Christ.
May we grow in our appreciation and love for the Eucharist. As the source and summit of our christian Life, Amen

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