From the Deacon’s Desk 6/14/2020

Dear Friends:

Today we celebrate the feast of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ formerly known as Corpus Christi. We celebrate one of the greatest gifts Jesus gave us while he was on earth – an opportunity to have him with us every time we come to Mass. Our Gospel reading today is from John 6:51-58. In this short reading Jesus is trying to convince the Jewish leadership of the purpose of his mission. That mission was to offer those who responded positively to his message eternal life, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

Did you ever think of what happens when you come to Holy Communion at Mass? Jesus comes to us in the form of bread and wine. Bread and wine were common foods at the time of Jesus as they are today. So Jesus comes to us in a form we can ingest. When we eat and drink the body and blood of Christ, we become a part of Jesus and Jesus becomes a part of us. During the normal digestion process the bread and wine become food for us, not only spiritual food but physical food too. Therefore, when our bodies go through the digestive process, the bread and wine is turned into living cells. These cells are Jesus himself. Jesus comes to us in a very special way!

Perhaps today would be a good day to think about this gift. Jesus tells us there is no greater gift than to give one’s life for another. Jesus has done this again, by coming to us in the simple forms of bread and wine!

Another week has gone by and we still struggle with the Corona Virus. It has been difficult and frustrating. We pray that the Lord will give us peace as we await relief from this trail. We promise the Lord we will not give up and we promise to be faithful to him no matter what comes our way!

Peace and All Good!

Deacon Jim