Dear Parishioners & Visitors,
As Catholics our physical and spiritual nourishment takes place in the Holy Eucharist as we consume the very Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. The food and drink we consume during our daily meals is trans- formed by our bodies into fuel for the building up and maintenance of muscle, sinew, and all the tissues and chemicals comprising our physi- cal being. To maintain physical, mental, and emotional health we need to eat and drink that which is healthy and not poisonous. To maintain our spiritual health we require the Body & Blood of Christ. Moreover, we become that which we eat. In our longing to be with God, which is itself God's gift to us, the spiritual vitamins and minerals necessary to love as God loves are there in the Body & Blood of Christ. In striv- ing to become ever more like Christ we come together as one body in Christ at the Holy Eucharist. It is thus, that refreshed and renewed, we are sent forth to search out the body of Christ in the su ering, the forgotten, the poor, the ill, the prisoner, and those hungry and thirsty for food or for justice. Even Jesus Himself was in need ~ lonely in the Garden of Gethsemane ~ and His disciples would not wake up to pray with Him for an hour. Let us choose to avail ourselves of that which sustains and animates us, the Body & Blood of Christ, which o ers us healing and energy for the mission.
Blessed Solemnity of the Body & Blood of Christ,
fr. Chris, O.P.