Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, that is the Body and Blood of Christ. As Catholics, we believe that our Lord is truly present, body, blood, soul and divinity in the Eucharist. It is through the sacred hands of a priest that the Lord comes from heaven, to earth upon our sacred altars. At every single Catholic Church in the entire world, the Lord Jesus is present in the tabernacle. We must always show the utmost reverence to the Most Blessed Sacrament. When we approach the altar to receive the Lord, we must do so in a spirit of profound reverence and respect. When in procession to receive the Lord, we must not fall into the habit of greeting parishioners and friends. That can be done after Mass. When we are in procession to receive the Lord, we must use that time to meditate on the great gift that we are about to receive, that is Jesus himself! It should be a moment of deep prayer and reflection on the love God has for us through his Son Jesus, who gives of his very self for our nourishment and sustenance.
In his very last encyclical letter to the Catholic Church before his death, Pope St. John Paul II wrote on the beauty of the Eucharist and the Church. Entitled, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Pope Saint John Paul II wrote of the importance of Eucharistic Adoration, praying before the Lord’s Eucharistic presence which will strengthen our faith in him. The Holy Father wrote, “It is pleasant to spend time with him, to lie close to his breast like the Beloved Disciple and to feel the infinite love present in his heart. If in our time Christians must be distinguished above all by the art of prayer, how can we not feel a renewed need to spend time in spiritual converse, in silent adoration, in heartfelt love before Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament? How often, dear brother and sisters, have I experienced this, and drawn from it strength, consolation and support!”. On this Corpus Christi Sunday, let us continue to renew our relationship with the Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament, by worshiping him reverently, and spending time before him.
Closing Mass for the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church
The solemn closing Mass for the anniversary year will take place next Sunday June 10 at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 10:30AM. Many of the former parishioners of Our Lady of Victory will be present along with alumni of the school. Many of the former priests of Our Lady of Victory will be on hand to con-celebrate as well. We will welcome His Excellency, Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn as the main celebrant and homilist. There will be just one Mass celebrated next Sunday. After the Mass there will be a reception in McGuinness Hall. We are asking for donations of breakfast items such as croissants, bagels, juices and danishes. If you are able to help donate some of these items for the reception, please call the parish office this week. There will be a Saturday 5:00PM evening Mass at St. Peter Claver Church June 9.
May the heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament be praised, adored and loved, with grateful affection at every moment in all the tabernacles of the world, even until the end of time, Amen.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox