June 18, 2017
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi Sunday.
In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses gives his farewell to the people of Israel who are about to enter the Promised Land.
Moses re-summarizes for the people all that the Lord has done for them during their time in the desert. God is always faithful to His Word and keeps His promises. Moses urges the people to be faithful to all that God asks of them. He reminds them how God fed their hunger with manna while in the desert. God satisfies all our needs and hungers. He will ultimately send his Son, Jesus, who is the Bread of Life down from Heaven.
In his Letters to the Corinthians, St. Paul reminds us that we, though many, are all one body in Christ. It is not just a sharing of bread and wine, but is truly a participating in the death and resurrection of Jesus, who in turn feeds us with his own Body and Blood as the Bread of Eternal Life. It is in this sharing of the one bread and one cup that we are united in Christ and receive eternal life.
In John’s Gospel we hear the “Bread of Life” discourse. Jesus offers himself as “the bread of life come down from Heaven.” John tries to get people to realize that all Jesus has done for us calls us to be motivated to respond to his death and resurrection, and to fully participate in his Eucharistic sacrifice, the sharing of His Body and Blood.
Jesus tells the people that unless we eat his body and drink his blood, we have no life. Certainly a difficult message for all to hear. God’s gifts of the Old Testament, manna, and the Law are now fulfilled in Jesus who gives us the fullness of life in his sacrifice for all of us.
We are called upon to put our faith and complete trust in Jesus. For those who believe and partake in the whole Jesus—the living bread—will live forever.
~ Msgr. Bob
THE FOLLOWING ARE NEW MEMBERS AT ST. PAUL CATHOLIC CHURCH: Peter Morgan & Shannon Killinger. Ruth Modaff. William Smith & Marianne Fox and Family. WELCOME.
THE FOLLOWING HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO THE CHURCH: Emma Sonia Deterding. CONGRATS!
IN MEMORIAL FOR THOSE PARISHIONERS WHO HAVE RECENTLY LEFT US FOR THE LORD: Eileen Graham
IN CELEBRATION FOR THOSE NEWLY WED: Drake Larson & Jessica Brungardt