December 15, 2018

Tag - Eucharist

Our Celebration of Life

The readings for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time are a hymn to the culture of life: even life with all the trials and pain, and limits, and hardships that our human frailty imposes on us. This is possible because Christ lives forever to make...

That’s Jesus

Over lunch, a brother deacon recounted the story of his nephew’s First Holy Communion. He noted that after a period of great anticipation, the day had finally arrived. With family having traveled from near and far, all had made their way to the...

The Bread of Angels

In 1856 a boy named Matt was born to a poor family in Ireland, the second of 12 children. His father was a laborer with a fierce temper and a fondness for alcohol; his mother was a hardworking, saintly woman who tried to ensure her children grew up...

Choosing Correctly

Let me try something different this time; we shall consider what the Church feeds us from the Table of God’s Word as a delicious and nourishing dish for us to enjoy for our physical and spiritual well-being. These are the ingredients: Let whoever is...

He Gave Them Bread from Heaven to Eat

What I would like to share with you is a very modest reflection on verse 31 of the 6th chapter of the Gospel of John: He gave them bread from heaven to eat. This whole chapter can be considered a most refined “homily: by Jesus Christ, the Risen...

Gratitude is the Key

One summer day a farmer took a truckload of wheat to the grain elevator at a nearby town; afterwards he went to a small restaurant for lunch. There happened to be a group of rowdy teenagers sitting a few tables over; they were demonstrating poor...

Living As a Eucharistic People

The most common, polite form of showing interest is expressed by the phrase: “How are you doing”? To which the most common answer, regardless of the real condition in which people find themselves is: “Fine.” Well, the readings for the 17th Sunday in...

Receiving the Lord in Holy Communion

We will do everything that the Lord has told us.[…] All that the Lord has said, we will heed and do. Twice the old community of Israel solemnly promised God to obey His ordinances, decrees, statutes and commandments. And this solemn promise was...