Feast of Corpus Christi

June 19, 2014 (Feast of Corpus Christi)
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the great feast of the Body and Blood of
Jesus Christ.   It is a wonderful opportunity for us to recommit ourselves to the very heart of our
Catholic faith, the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.  This reality is the cause of
not only our joy but our gratitude of Almighty God for the gift of his Son.   In the Eucharist we
find the hidden face of God, made present for us at every Mass.

Consider what this means.  At every celebration of Holy Mass, the Lord Jesus himself descends from
his throne in  heaven to visit us.  What caused the disciples their sadness at the Ascension of the
Lord was that they thought he would no longer be with them, that he would be distant or just a
memory.  But the Lord’s promise to remain with them until the end of time is fulfilled in the
Eucharist itself.  This is a great source of consolation for us that the Lord Jesus is with  us,
always with us and always waits for us to come to him, at every tabernacle at every altar, every
Sunday, every day.

Perhaps the greatest offense against the Eucharist is not so much disbelief or even the sacrileges
committed against him day in and day out, but the indifference of his disciples, of you and me.  We
can never take this amazing gift for granted. Every Mass ought to be for us a time to renew our
love for Jesus.  I would like to recommend a few ways in which we can prevent ourselves from taking
for granted this amazing gift.

1.   When you come to Mass, spend a few moments in prayer asking the Lord Jesus to make his
presence felt in you, so that your love for him grows.
2.   Dedicate your Holy Communions for intentions that you might have, for your loved ones or
deceased relatives, we receiving many graces when we receive Holy Communion.
3.   Every time you enter the church or leave the church, don’t forget to make an appropriate
reverence to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle.  We do this by the act of
genuflection (bending the knee to the tabernacle) or a bow of the head to recognize the Lord’s
sacred presence.
4.   After every Holy Communion you make, when you return to your seat, kneel and make an act of
thanksgiving, thank the Lord for having giving you an opportunity to receive him again.
5. Pay the Lord a visit. It is always a wonderful way to pray and to unwind after a long day or
before a stressful one by coming on Thursdays to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. There is no
greater way to deepen our faith the Eucharist than to come to adoration and make a holy hour or at
least a brief visit to Jesus.

Never allow yourself to forget or take for granted even for one moment the overwhelming joy our
souls experience when we encounter the Lord in the Eucharist.   As Catholics this is our most
prized treasure.  This was the legacy those early priests who arrived on our shores wanted to
convey to us.  They left behind the name of this great mystery to be uttered and expressed every
day in our community.  Let us today give thanks to God as we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Fr. Vásquez

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