Come follow me…
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
There is evil in the world
Mourning – Orlando, Florida
1st – For our Nation
2nd – For all Americans — all brothers and sisters
What is our Identity
Children of God
Children of our earthly father
Found in Christ
Who do you say I am?
Answer about him —> Answer about you
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Father Greg / anniversary
Love <=> mercy
God thirsts for tears
Her love – like Christ at Last Supper?
Forgiveness is an act of love
Below is the Vatican provided translation of Pope Francis’ homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (“Corpus Christi”) given May 29 in the square in front of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.
«Do this in remembrance of me» (1 Cor 11:24-25).
Twice the Apostle Paul, writing to the community in Corinth, recalls this command of Jesus in his account of the institution of the Eucharist. It is the oldest testimony we have to the words of Christ at the Last Supper.
“Do this”. That is, take bread, give thanks and break it; take the chalice, give thanks, and share it. Jesus gives the command to repeat this action by which he instituted the memorial of his own Pasch, and in so doing gives us his Body and his Blood. This action reaches us today: it is the “doing” of the Eucharist which always has Jesus as its subject, but which is made real through our poor hands anointed by the Holy Spirit.
“Do this”. Jesus on a previous occasion asked his disciples to “do” what was so clear to him, in obedience to the will of the Father. In the Gospel passage that we have just heard, Jesus says to the disciples in front of the tired and hungry crowds: “Give them something to eat yourselves” (Lk9:13). Indeed, it is Jesus who blesses and breaks the loaves and provides sufficient food to satisfy the whole crowd, but it is the disciples who offer the five loaves and two fish. Jesus wanted it this way: that, instead of sending the crowd away, the disciples would put at his disposal what little they had. And there is another gesture: the pieces of bread, broken by the holy and venerable hands of Our Lord, pass into the poor hands of the disciples, who distribute these to the people. This too is the disciples “doing” with Jesus; with him they are able to “give them something to eat”. Clearly this miracle was not intended merely to satisfy hunger for a day, but rather it signals what Christ wants to accomplish for the salvation of all mankind, giving his own flesh and blood (cf. Jn6:48-58). And yet this needs always to happen through those two small actions: offering the few loaves and fish which we have; receiving the bread broken by the hands of Jesus and giving it to all.
Breaking: this is the other word explaining the meaning of those words: “Do this in remembrance of me”. Jesus was broken; he is broken for us. And he asks us to give ourselves, to break ourselves, as it were, for others. This “breaking bread” became the icon, the sign for recognizing Christ and Christians. We think of Emmaus: they knew him “in the breaking of the bread” (Lk24:35). We recall the first community of Jerusalem: “They held steadfastly… to the breaking of the bread” (Acts 2:42). From the outset it is the Eucharist which becomes the centre and pattern of the life of the Church. But we think also of all the saints – famous or anonymous – who have “broken” themselves, their own life, in order to “give something to eat” to their brothers and sisters. How many mothers, how many fathers, together with the slices of bread they provide each day on the tables of their homes, have broken their hearts to let their children grow, and grow well! How many Christians, as responsible citizens, have broken their own lives to defend the dignity of all, especially the poorest, the marginalized and those discriminated! Where do they find the strength to do this? It is in the Eucharist: in the power of the Risen Lord’s love, who today too breaks bread for us and repeats: “Do this in remembrance of me”.
May this action of the Eucharistic procession, which we will carry out shortly, respond to Jesus’ command. An action to commemorate him; an action to give food to the crowds of today; an act to break open our faith and our lives as a sign of Christ’s love for this city and for the whole world.
Homily by Father Ku
Are you living out your mission? Are you living out your Confirmation?
When I was in seminary, I met a young woman who was studying at a Lutheran Bible college. We talked about Christ, faith, and Scripture on many occasions. One time, we were discussing the sacraments. She asked me a question that I have thought about very much since: “why did the Apostles need to be confirmed? They received the Spirit of Christ at Baptism, and you’re telling me that they received the whole Christ in the Eucharist. So, why did they need to be confirmed in the Spirit?” (Acts 2:1-11). Great question!
Truth be told, she stumped me. We were concentrating on what the sacraments do for us, with a particular emphasis on the Eucharist (we spoke for almost twenty hours on the Real Presence!). But, Confirmation is one of two sacraments that are less about what they do for us and more about what they do for others through us. A quote from St. Augustine about Holy Orders (the other sacrament) clarifies this: “it was for my sake that I was baptized; it was for your sake that I was ordained”.
This has become my focus in understanding the point of Confirmation. For us, yes, the sacrament seals the gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, knowledge, etc.) that we received at Baptism. But, for what reason? To go out to others. Confirmation is all about mission. At the “first Confirmation” (Acts 2:1-11, today’s first reading) which is the Catholic feast of Pentecost, the Apostles were sent out on mission by the Holy Spirit. They proclaimed the Gospel to Jews from around the world on that feast, “about three thousand persons were added that day” (Acts 2:41), and the Catholic Church began. Pentecost is the birthday of the Catholic Church (est. 33 A.D.). Happy Birthday, Church!
What occurred on Pentecost should help us in discerning our own mission. Look at the Apostles prior to that event: they were cowering in the Upper Room, keeping Jesus to themselves and afraid to share Him with others. Then, the Spirit came upon them as “tongues as of fire” (Acts 2:3), and they went out to proclaim the Gospel to thousands of people. So, it’s not about us! Evangelizing is not about our own abilities or courage. It’s all about the Spirit. The Spirit dominates the Acts of the Apostles, leading the Apostles and the early Church on
So, it’s not about us! Evangelizing is not about our own abilities or courage. It’s all about the Spirit. The Spirit dominates the Acts of the Apostles, leading the Apostles and the early Church on mission. The Holy Spirit continues to lead the Catholic Church through its leaders and members. For all of us confirmed Catholics, our Confirmation was our Pentecost. The Spirit confirmed (or sealed) the gifts of Baptism and sent us out on
For all of us confirmed Catholics, our Confirmation was our Pentecost. The Spirit confirmed (or sealed) the gifts of Baptism and sent us out on mission. How have we lived out our mission? How have we lived out our Confirmation? Have we gone out and proclaimed the Gospel? Or, have we kept Jesus to ourselves and been afraid to share Him with others? If we want to be faithful to our mission as Disciples of Christ, then we need to be close to the Holy Spirit and His gifts.
We are a church on a mission, and each one of us plays an important role. As we close out the Easter season and celebrate our birthday as Catholics, let us be renewed in our mission. With the help of the Holy Spirit, let us courageously and wisely proclaim the risen Christ!
May you know the peace of the risen Christ,
Fr. Pat Smith
Mary / Assumption
Came to earth to take us to heaven
Hearts on things above
Heaven transcends earth
Lord’s Prayer: 1 Tim 2:8
Directee / FG
Be complete or whole
Not just lack of conflict, but all the good that comes from God in this life or in the next
Peace = share in Heaven
One with the Lord
Do His Will
v 31 – “I do as the Father has commanded me”
Let nothing disturb your peace
Only bad reasons for losing peace
Troubled of daily life / needs
Our own faults
Fear of suffering
1st holy communion
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