Corpus Christi Sunday – June 18, 2017
“The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’” From the beginning, the Eucharist has been a source of controversy. Some people have always found the teaching difficult to accept. But as Catholics, the Blessed Sacrament is at the heart of our worship and our spirituality; we go to Mass to share in the holy sacrifice of Jesus’ body and blood, and we receive spiritual nourishment from partaking of this heavenly food. As Jesus Himself tells us in today’s Gospel, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” From this passage it is clear that Jesus intended the Eucharist to be a tremendous gift for us, for “whoever eats this bread will live forever.” This of course is because the bread is Christ’s “flesh for the life of the world.” In other words, just as He gave His body on the cross to save us from our sins, so too this same flesh is given for us at every Mass to strengthen our weakness and unite us more deeply to our Savior. Receiving Communion isn’t like taking a magic pill, however. We must beware of reducing this sacrament to an empty ritual or a foolproof guarantee of heaven. No, it is quite possible to receive Communion unworthily and reject its spiritual efficacy. Just like the benefits of a healthy meal can be undone by a habit of binging on junk food, so too we can prevent holy Communion from having its full benefits when we crowd our souls with vices and sins. If, on the other hand, we wish to let this sacrament of divine grace flourish, we should receive it with a sincere spirit of gratitude ce, praying that we may be made worthy to receive such a gift.
FROM THE RECTORY:
Let me start this article by wishing all our fathers a very Happy and Blessed Father’s Day! May it be one filled with God’s Grace. I have been asked by a number of people over the years, “Father, is it proper to wish a priest a Happy Father’s Day?” I find a bit of humor in the fact that they will start the question with “Father” to which I point out that they started their question by calling me Father so of course it is proper to wish a priest a Happy Father’s Day for I and all priests are spiritual fathers, but fathers just the same. Speaking for myself, the greatest sacrifice I made in responding to God’s call in becoming a priest was the fact that I would never have children of my own. Thus, knowing I am a spiritual father and being wished a “Happy Father’s Day” lifts my spirits. Fathers come in all shapes and forms for it is more about love than biology. I also remember when I went away to college up in New Hampshire which put me over 6 hours away from family – from my father and alone for the first time in my life. College life for me was great and I loved being there but I did feel alone. Actually at one point I started to go down the wrong path, which I will not go into all the details here, but there was one professor I had by the name of Professor James Moriarty (for those of you who are Sherlock Holmes fans, yes it is the same name). He took me under his wing and steered me back in the right direction, back on the right path and helped me be the best person I could be and do the best I was able to do in college – he became my father away from home. He gave me all the guidance, protection and love a father could give and I will never forget him. So remember that fathers come in all shapes and forms and that it is always proper to wish anyone who holds the title of father or serves as a father in any way, shape or form a Happy Father’s Day. This would include God, who Jesus taught us to call “FATHER”.
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael
SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP
Is your love conditional? Is there a price others have to pay to receive your love? Are you generous with your time, money and possessions? If you give someone something, do you expect something in return? Do you give your time freely or do you “fit it in” when it’s convenient for you? Pray for a grateful and generous heart.
The gift of Bread & Wine for the month of June has been given by Mr. & Mrs. Phil Iacono. The first two weeks are in memory of Angelina & Sebastian Falato and the second two weeks are in memory of Carmela & Salvatore Iacono.
The gift of Altar Flowers for the month of June has been given in memory of Charles Sylvestri by Linda J. Sylvestri.
This annual appeal is our way to participate in the ministries the Archdiocese provides to help many that need assistance, education and support. Our pledges to date are $1,995. If we exceed our goal, which is $8,800, our parish will receive a rebate that can be used to further our own parish mission. There are brochures and pledge cards in the pews. Your pledge can be paid off over the next year in monthly installments. We appreciate your generosity!
REMEMBER OUR MEMBERS IN YOUR PRAYERS
Please pray for:Please pray for: Kellie & Kathy Salata, Kelly Chinchar, Jessica, Carol Mangino, Gloria, Daniel Breslin, Stanley, Marie, Bonnie, Helen Traina, Joseph Marrone, Bill Marshall, Anthony, Michael, Blase Coppola, Denise Gautier.
LIVE THE LITURGY INSPIRATION FOR THE WEEK
Today is all about transformation. The bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Christ and we, by partaking into the Eucharist are also transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ. St. Augustine issued a wise instruction regarding the Eucharist: “Become what you eat.” This is the challenge of every Eucharistic Celebration. Will we allow God to transform us into His Son so that the hope, love, healing, comfort, and mercy He embodies can be brought to our world through us? As Jesus feeds us, how can we feed others?