From the Pastor's Desk
Corpus Christi Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
We celebrate the wonderful truth that Christ chooses to be our spiritual nourishment. I often wonder if people who live in Corpus Christi, Texas, realize that their city is named the “Body of Christ”? And that is what we, the Church call ourselves.
Each of the readings today feature food, bread specifically. And of course, that is intentional, readings being chosen to shed light of the mystery of this solemnity. However, there is another important element in each of the readings: the invoking of God’s blessing.
The Body of Christ is spiritual food for the journey. Melchizedek offered bread and wine, then prayed that God would bless Abram. St. Paul proclaims how Jesus took bread and wine, gave thanks to the Father, declared that he had transformed the bread and wine into his own body and blood, then shared that “new bread” with his disciples. And in the Gospel Jesus fed the multitude with a few loaves of bread and a bit of fish. But before he gave that food to the people, he looked up to heaven and prayed a blessing over it. As important as the food was for the physical comfort and strength of the multitude, it was equally important to praise and thank God, the source of all that is good.
It may easily be overlooked, but the apostles played an essential role in the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish in the Gospel. First, they told Jesus that something needed to be done for the crowds. And after Jesus made the “little food” enough for everyone to eat, he entrusted the distribution of it to the apostles. The apostles had a significant role in feeding the hungry, as is still true of the Church today. To overlook their role (our role) in feeding the hungry (with what seemed an insignificant amount of food) would be a huge oversight. The apostles were essential instruments in feeding the hungry. We must continue the ministry of the apostles. We are vital instruments in feeding the hungry. And that does not apply only to the physical nourishment of the people, but their spiritual nourishment, as well. Christ instituted the Eucharist and Christ continues to honor our faith, transforming bread and wine into his Body and Blood to this very day.
Christ provides us with an abundance of food, spiritual food that satisfies our hearts, and calls us to be a source of nourishment for each other and the world. Christ gives us enough to share!
Today we hold our annual Parish Picnic.
The picnic is a very important event for us: it is vital to our annual budget, and creates an opportunity for us to build a deeper sense of parish identity, community, commitment and bonds of friendship.
Every parishioner should want to be present for this picnic and to help with its success, just as you would not want to miss a family reunion. (I know sometimes things conflict with this day; I even missed once!) But it should certainly be the desire of each of us to be here. Simply being present speaks volumes. Helping, as you are able, also reduces the load on others.
This is a parish function. I hope to see you here.
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While I have the opportunity, I want to repeat how happy I am to be your pastor. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish in the past few years. I am so pleased at the way so many parishioners have helped with the physical improvements of our property and buildings that have been done. But even more satisfying to me are the spiritual and worship advancements we have made, those visible (like new lectors and servers) and invisible (something not so easy to qualify or quantify, but improved singing comes to mind, for example).
A parish that prays together, stays together!