The Feast of Corpus Christi is a Catholic liturgical solemnity celebrating the real presence of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the elements of the Eucharist. Every time that we gather to celebrate the Eucharist, we believe that Jesus comes to us, and makes himself real in his body and blood, and as we consume him, he gives us life to continue our journey.
In the first reading, we hear about Abram’s victory. In the second reading, we hear that our faith tells that we are a member of Christ’s body. And, in the Gospel, we are reminded that Jesus was always attentive to the needs of his people, and nourishes us in all our needs. Allow God to come to your life, invite him to come to you and to each member of your family.
As we see Jesus as the bread of life, we need to reflect on what food does for our body. Food nourished us, gives us strength, and delight to our life. These characteristics of natural food can now be applied to our spiritual food, Jesus. He gives us nourishment; he restores those areas in our lives that need healing. He gives us new strength to continue in our journey, in our weaknesses. As we come to be nourished by Jesus, we receive joy and peace in our hearts. May we continue receiving the Body and Blood of Christ every time we gather as the Body of Christ and receive new hopes, strength, and delight.
Please join us after Sunday’s 10 am Mass in the Parish Frown Lawn as the Guamanian Community celebrates Corpus Christi. And, continuing in fellowship, don’t forget to support our Youth Ministry by attending any or all of the upcoming “Movies on the Lawn.” Plus, our Social Outreach and Advocacy Office is still accepting donations for their next event: “Helping Hands” on Sun., June 30th. See the back page of the bulletin for details.
Let’s welcome Fr. Ruben Melendez, OFM, as he is visiting this weekend and presiding in our Spanish–speaking Masses. If you remember, Fr. Ruben graduated from FST and frequently assisted on Sundays when he resided at the Old Mission.
Last but not least, all the Friars will be attending the Franciscan Chapter this week coming up. Please keep us in your prayers!
God bless! ~~Fr. Oscar Mendez, OFM