Certain homilies not preached (because not believed and lived by some clergy)
Easiest chapter to interpret and preach
“The words I’ve spoken to you are Spirit and life”
Then why did they leave
Pamphlets / vestibule
Woman at well
Never hunger, never thirst
Salvation linked with food and drink
Bread from heaven
Natural = moral
Eucharist / Faithful Catholics
Joy / sadness
Life / death
Soul / body
Spirit / flesh
My will / Thy Will
Image of self v. image of Father
Daily bread —-> Thy Will Be Done
3rd Sunday of Easter
I had a first meeting last night with an engaged couple preparing for marriage – she is Catholic, he is not. At one point, the non-Catholic said, “I don’t know anything about Jesus”. I don’t remember the last time I heard someone say that. There are a few things to say about this, but one of them is that it’s exciting! It would be exciting to talk to him about Jesus Christ. I made the offer to talk to him on a beginner’s level, like “Jesus Christ for Dummies”. Hopefully, he takes me up on it!
What would be the first thing you’d say about Jesus to someone who didn’t know anything about him?
Would you start with the story of Jesus in the Gospel? Or, would you first talk about him in your life?
I would probably start with how I’ve come to know him. I knew ABOUT him growing up. In college, I got to know him. I first really met him in the Eucharist, and have been in love ever since. I have experienced the same happiness in getting to know him that people in the Gospel experienced. That’s confirms that it is real. He is real. He is awesome!
3rd Sunday Lent
Woman at well
LOVE, compassion, understanding, challenge, guidance
Real husband / Messiah/ consecrated
Encounter with Him who accompanies you
Last Sunday, those of us at Community Sunday had quite an experience. At the end of our excellent lunch, we began to watch a documentary about a recent miracle involving the Eucharist in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The first half of the 14-minute video explained the incredible details which I have summarized below. The second half is a recap of the miracle by an American priest which helped all of us to know exactly what happened. As someone in our crowd said, “you could hear a pin drop” while the video was playing. It was very moving!
I explained to the group that this is part of our new “family evangelization.” The idea is for you, the faithful parishioners of Assumption, to send this video to your family members. Much of the discussion after the documentary centered on exactly how to do that. We explained that the video is posted on the parish’s website, and that you can direct your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, siblings and others there. Or, you can copy and paste this link – https://youtube.com/watch?v=UXuLKaLVQc – and email it to them. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us in the rectory at any time.
All of us were amazed at what the video showed. The physical evidence “proves” that Jesus is truly and really present in the Eucharist – it’s really His flesh and blood! We have taken that on in faith all of our lives, but this miracle (which has not yet been formally approved by the Church) helps us so much to know without a doubt that it’s real. Jesus continues to perform miracles to help our faith, and He will help the faith of your family members with this incredible event.
We’ve already received feedback from some parishioners that their families are very interested in this video. Please God, we pray, pray, pray: bless this new endeavor to bring your children and our children fully back to you, especially in the Eucharist.
May you know the peace of Christ,
I hope that those of you who participated in the Revival enjoyed it thoroughly. My favorite part was when the spectacular revivalist talked about the Eucharist on Tuesday night. He actually used the phrase “center of our life”. I was hooting and hollering! One of the priests who knows about my C.O.O.L. pamphlet on the Eucharist jokingly said to me, “did he get that from you?” Here is the section of the pamphlet that specifically focuses on the Eucharist as the center of our lives (C.O.O.L.):
Think of or even make a list of 10 people, places or things that are most important to you. Family members, boyfriend/girlfriend, friends, the beach, sentimental items, other valuable possessions, money, clothes, DVDs, and car might top your list. Now, take a few minutes (or longer), and rank these items 1-10 in importance to you (1 is most important).
Why are these things most important to you? What do you find or receive in each one? Most likely, you come in contact with them regularly, maybe even daily. If it is a person, what is it about her that you find attractive? What are you looking for from her? How often do you talk with or see him? What do you experience in his presence? If it is a thing, why do you use it? What does it give you? How often do you use it? If it is a place, why is it so special? The people or things that are most important to us say a lot about who we are.
Ultimately, there is one thing we are all looking for: happiness. We want to be truly happy each day and have chosen these people or things to get us there. Some of them help us to find happiness, and some of them don’t. There are some things in our lives that are not good for us, but we still go to them regularly. For example, an alcoholic might have listed bourbon as one of his 10 things because it takes him away from his problems. While it may bring him temporary pleasure, it doesn’t bring him true happiness.
Now, if he didn’t make your top ten list, please add God as a late entry. Specifically, write “the Eucharist.” Take a moment and compare Jesus Christ to all of the items on your list. Jesus died for you. The Eucharist is a living memorial of what Jesus did for you 2000 years ago on the Cross, and what he does for you every day. He gives you his life. He gives you love. He gives you true happiness. No other person, place, or thing can give you what the Eucharist gives you.
The Eucharist is c.o.o.l. (center of our lives). It is truly the flesh and blood of him who created us and saved us. He is as alive in the Eucharist as you and I are alive. He wants to be number one on your list. He is always there for you. He made you. He knows everything about you. Everything you’re going through. Every pain, struggle, joy, stress, disappointment, fear, success, hope, and love you’re experiencing. He wants to experience them with you. He wants you to experience them with him. He wants to be a very real part of your life. He is waiting for you in the Eucharist.
There are so many things that Fr. Roy joyfully proclaimed about the Eucharist that I hope are deeply embedded in your minds and hearts:
May you know the peace of Christ,
Fr. Greg Shaffer
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