Pastor’s Reflection for June 7, 2015
This weekend we celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus. As Catholic Christians we believe in the real presence of Jesus under the form of bread. In the Gospel of John, Chapter 6, verse 55-56, Jesus says, “For My flesh is food indeed and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me and I in him.” As the Lord fed the Hebrew people in the desert with manna on their journey to the Promised Land so He now feeds us on our journey to the kingdom of Heaven. At the Last Supper, Jesus said- “Take and eat, this is My body. Take and drink, this is My blood.” The Lord came as food. He was born in Bethlehem, which means house of bread and He was placed in a manger, which was a container where food was placed for animals to feed. This was prefiguring that Jesus was living bread come down from Heaven. What a gift that we have from Jesus.
It is sad to see many ignore this gift. One reason is that it is said that 70% of Catholics don’t believe in the Real Presence. If you really believed that Jesus is really present, would you not come to be in His Presence? This could be why many do not attend Sunday Mass. Also, many are ignorant as to why to go to Mass. You will hear people say, “I don’t have to go to Church to pray. I can pray at home.” Two comments in response to that. First, do you pray at home? If you ask that question, the common response is either, “yes at times” or “no I don’t.” Many find it hard to have a daily time of prayer at home. The second comment is, we go to Church to worship, to offer sacrifice, and to be fed at the Eucharistic table. You cannot do this at home. So not coming to Church is in a way rejecting God’s gifts– belonging to a community of faith, given the perfect sacrifice that Jesus gave on Calvary and the food of heaven which is His body and blood. These gifts are given to help us to get to Heaven. To reject these gifts is putting oneself in spiritual peril.
I will be available for confession this week on Monday, June 8, from 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,