As a priest, there is no greater honor than to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy we call Eucharist. The word Eucharist is from a Greek word meaning, thanksgiving, and it is fitting that we render thanks to our God. I am honored to lead you, parishioners, in this great thanksgiving prayer, and to pray over the bread and wine to be transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus.
Celebrating this solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus, ought to cause us to reflect on the saving act of Jesus. He sacrificed himself, His Body was broken and His Blood shed, for each one of us. Jesus invites us to this celebration and to this special meal. But He also challenges us and calls us into the sacrifice, whereby we give ourselves for others, following His example.
Sacrifice is not the most popular word in our modern society. Jesus made a huge sacrifice when he lowered himself and came down from heaven becoming human. In today’s Gospel Jesus says: “I am the living bread come down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever.” Jesus comes to us to give us eternal life. While awaiting the reopening of our Church continue to long for Jesus who loves us so much He sacrificed Himself, gave everything for you and me. May we who receive the precious gift of Jesus follow His example and give ourselves for the nourishment and transformation of the world. Blessings and peace.