Sunday Morning Musings on the Body and Blood of Christ

We were blessed to have Fr. J.P. give our homily at the 4:00 PM Mass on Saturday. He began talking about beauty pageants and those personal questions the ladies are asked about the one thing you would like to accomplish when you “grow up”. He noted how most contestants will answer something along the lines of, “I would like to solve the problem of world hunger”, or “I would like to bring about world peace.” Very lofty goals for such young and naive young ladies, but, one never knows from where the cures for those ills may come.

The Church celebrates the Body and Blood of Christ this Sunday, so Fr. J.P. went on to speak about how every single one of us was created with a hunger for Christ. Jesus gave us the food that would satisfy that hunger when at the Last Supper he commanded his disciples, his friends, to “Do this in remembrance of me.” We Catholics continue this faith tradition at each and every Mass we celebrate. So, if we are to be satisfied by the Body and Blood of Christ, why must we keep coming back to the table? Physically, we must continue to eat from the bounty of the earth or we starve. God in his infinite wisdom also created us with an insatiable hunger for Him. In continuing to come back to Him at every Mass to be fed again and again we continue to grow strong in our faith, strong in our commitment to be Christ to this world. We continue to find ways to feed his lambs and to bring peace to His world. Stay away from the table of the Lord and we risk starving our faith life right out of us. Christ commanded us to come and eat, may we grow faithfully fat as we feast on the only food that really matters!

May you be blessed and may you find many opportunities to dine with the Lord this week.
Yours in Christ,
Marci

Ascension Sunday Morning Musings

I apologize for missing the last couple of Sundays, I have been ill, but am feeling much better now.

We have a visiting lay evangelist with us this week at St. Peter who actually spoke at Mass during the homily and will be with us for a mission on Pentecost Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings at 7 PM in the church.

Before Fr. Tom introduced him, he spoke a bit about coming home and what that is like for him.  He went home to be with his mom on Mother’s Day this year.  His opening statement was, “Home is where mom is.”  That is so very true, no matter where your mom lives, that place is home because mom makes it so.  That spoke volumes to me especially with everything going on in my personal life with my mom right now.  Please keep us in your prayers, it is a stressful time, but I do believe in the power of God’s good graces and I know this time will pass.

What I really want to talk about this morning though, is another thought that came into my mind after thinking about Fr. Tom’s words and the Ascension of Our Lord.  Jesus must have had quite the homecoming!  How exciting it must have been for him, he had been away so long, 33 years!  The celebration must have been breathtaking.  Yet, it must have been bittersweet as well, leaving his good friends and family, those who had followed him, and especially his mother.  Even though he knew he would be seeing them all again, still, the human side of him must have had just a bit of an ache knowing he was leaving them all behind, and the divine side knowing they would  suffer in his name.

Our own homecoming will be wonderful, marvelous, joyful beyond anything we can imagine.  Even though the world appears to be falling apart at the seams and things look hopeless, keep your sights on the end prize, keep your eyes on heaven.  Our own precious Lord awaits us there! Nothing beats the feeling of coming home.

May God bless you and keep you this week.  Amen

Marci