Father David’s Letter
Dear Friends in Christ,
This Sunday the Gospel takes a turn from Mark’s sequential proclamation of Jesus to John’s recounting of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fish, and Jesus’ subsequent teaching on the Bread of Life. We will therefore be reflecting for the next few weeks on the great gift of the “Most August Sacrament” of the Lord’s Sacred Body and Blood. Since more of us are gathering again at the Lord’s Holy Banquet, and furthermore since the U.S. Bishops are currently preparing a teaching document on the Eucharist, our hearing the Bread of Life Discourse at this time is most opportune and timely. God’s Word has its Perfect Time!
I would HIGHLY recommend all of you take the time this week to read and reflect on the Gospel of John, Chapter 6. This will benefit you for the next several weeks in preparation for celebrating the Holy Eucharist and particularly in hearing the Gospel.
The Discourse begins with “a large crowd following Jesus, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.” Were they simply seeking after more signs and wonders? Or were they perhaps looking for something more? Were their souls hungry, or were they just wanting a spectacular show? Well, they would get a show. They would be amazed! Jesus’ would feed them beyond their wildest dreams. They indeed “had their fill”, so much so that what Jesus’ gave them was “more than they could eat.” Twelve large baskets of leftovers were filled, after thousands were fed with an amount of food that was “small” and “insignificant.” Wow!! No wonder they wanted to make him king!
This miracle of course continues to this day, but on a much grander scale and more profound level. What seems so “small” and “insignificant” as a simple wafer made of only mild wheat and water becomes our very Lord and Savior Himself! Jesus’ “Real, True, and Substantial Presence” is constituted in this wafer, now called a “Host”, by virtue of the sacred actions and words of the Holy Mass. Jesus then comes to us as the “Divine Bridegroom” to meet his “Bride” the Church, to be One with Her. In our worthy reception of Him we become One with Him and his entire Body, drawing us ever deeper into the sacred union of Christ and his Church.
On top of that amazing and incomprehensible miracle, Jesus feeds not just thousands in this way, but millions. Millions upon millions! Every week, every day, countless souls are fed by this “Bread from Heaven,” this “New Manna in the Desert.” What an astonishing and wonderful gift Jesus has given to all of us, His very Body and Blood for the sake of our salvation!!
And yet, how many are truly aware of all of this when they participate in the Mass and most especially when they receive Jesus? And how many are sincerely grateful for what Jesus has done for us?
Are you aware? Are you grateful?
Sincerely in Christ,
P.S. I also highly recommend, if you have a Catechism, that over the next few weeks you read the section on the Eucharist, numbers 1322-1419. You won’t be sorry you did!
Post COVID-19 Mass Directives
Restrictions for Mass attendance have been lifted. If you have been vaccinated, you are no longer required to wear a mask. Social distance parameters have also been removed. Hand sanitizer is still available at church entrances for your continued use.
The dispensation for Mass attendance has also been removed. If you still feel uncomfortable to attend Mass, the weekend Mass is still available on St. Mary’s Facebook page and also still being broadcast for you to attend in your car on radio station FM90.3. You can then receive the Eucharist after Mass.
Here is the link to Spiritual Communion and Chaplet of the Blessed Sacrament: https://www.virgosacrata.com/spiritual-communion.html
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