This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity (Feast) day of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus (Corpus Christi)! It is a great affirmation of the True Presence of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist. St. Julie Billiart has a procession of the Blessed Sacrament at 10:15am (between the Sunday Masses) to mark the occasion. This great gift of our Lord – Jesus entrusting to the Church the Eucharist – is a special way in which Jesus fulfills his promise: “I will be with you always, even to the end of the age.” This great gift has inspired evocative hymns throughout the ages; some of my favorites are Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Panis Angelicus, and Jesus My Lord My God My All. Jesus’s Real Presence in the Eucharist is a great way for his disciples to reflect more deeply on the mystery of the Incarnation. Adoration of the Eucharist during a Holy Hour is a powerful way to embrace and affirm the reality of the Incarnation. The times for Eucharistic Adoration in our pastoral region are given on the next page.
This feast day is even more important as people, sometimes even bishops, spread confusion about what the Eucharist is. Bishops in Germany have proposed offering Holy Communion to non-Catholics. That creates enormous confusion. Non-Catholics do not recognize the Eucharist as the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus. In permitting them to receive Holy Communion we have to pretend it is something less than it truly is.
Confessions and Holy Hour at St. Joseph 7-8pm on Tuesday, June 5.
I will have a very joyful wedding celebration on Friday, June 8. (The groom is very familiar with St. Julie’s church.)
What a joy to know, love, and serve the good God!