With its origin dating back to the mid-13th Century, The Feast of Corpus Christi is an ancient and sacred jubilant celebration of the Blessed Sacrament. It is a chance for all believers to focus on the Body of Christ in the Eucharist, and the body of Christ, the Church. We faithful gather to express our love and devotion to Jesus Christ, not only to and for ourselves, but on this day to proclaim it to entire world!
We must consider this opportunity with urgency like never before. In today’s world of hatred, violence, uninformed principles, apathy, and decay in trust of religion-all the negative news that we see on television and news feeds- we faithful must embrace our call to bring the Good News to the world.
Be inspired by Bishop Larry’s words from his Stewards of the Gospel: “In many ways we are challenged to be like [Hawaii’s] early missionaries, coming into a culture that needs transformation through the healing light of the risen Jesus, facing virgin territory in planting and nurturing the seeds of faith in Jesus Christ…Just as the early missionaries to Hawaii were faithful and dedicated in spite of trials and persecutions, we, too, need to be strong in sharing our faith and giving witness to Jesus.”
On our parish level we are so happy to have recently been blessed by our boys and girls who have received their First Holy Communion on Pentecost Sunday afternoon. Our church wants these children to receive, early in their faith lives, the spiritual nourishment that comes from receiving Communion at Mass. It is such a pleasure to see them coming to Communion especially when they are joined by the other members of their families. Let them be a visible sign that we all need to receive Jesus in the Eucharist, as a sign of both our dependence on God’s presence in our lives and a unifying sign that we are all members of the Body of Christ, the Church.