No Greater Love†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† -Homily
June 22, 2014
is the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi. It
is a celebration of the mystery of the Eucharist. We stop to reflect on the
presence of Jesus in the host, in holy communion: he
is truly, really and substantially present with his body, blood, soul and
divinity. As he is in Heaven, he is in holy communion,
and the only difference is his appearance. In Heaven he looks like one of us;
on earth, he looks like our food.
was not intending to speak about the history of this celebration, but let it be
said that a new and wondrous Eucharistic miracle in the year 1264 convinced
Pope Urbanus IV of establishing a special celebration
in honour of the Eucharist. We should also remember that it was the golden age
of the universities, and not the time of credulity or popular tales. It was the
time of Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, etc. This miracle, and
the previous one of Lanciano (both in Italy) are
still preserved, and they still provoke the wonder of modern science.
looks like our food. In a very deep sense, he is our food, he is the bread from
Heaven (John 6:26-41). He is our
spiritual food. Jesus in person desired to be our food, to be not only with us
as a man, but within us as our food. No greater love can be imagined. No
me reflect briefly about that. I enjoy thinking that Jesus became food to show
us that he wants to be eaten. The only thing you can do with food is to eat it.
Food is something for you to enjoy, it is for you. Jesus became bread because
he wants you to enjoy him, he wants to be for you, he
wants to be with you. The miracle of the Eucharist, in which we receive the
true and real body of Jesus, ensures every Catholic that God loves us to the
point of the unthinkable.
happens if you donít eat the food? It is a waste. You donít buy a good steak to
leave it in the fridge, but to enjoy you and your family. Jesus didnít become
food to be enclosed in the tabernacle, but to be eaten. Even when we adore the
host, in the monstrance or in the tabernacle, we should be mindful of this, and
yearn and long for that moment in which we will be able to receive communion,
to consume it again, to receive again the eternal kiss of the Almighty God. And
remember: Jesus himself is longing for that moment. It is the only way to
explain why he became food.
is why we Catholics are never alone. That is why our churches are warm. We feel
that we are important for someone. That someone is waiting for us. I may not
come to church, and that is bad, but when I come back, Jesus will be there, and
I will be at home again. If I come back, I will be welcome. That is also why
some people, after receiving communion, leave the church. It is wrong, I know.
But at the same time, I can understand it: people come to Church to receive
something. They donít come to see the priest, they donít come because they are
expecting a great sermon, they donít come for the
music, even if it is beautiful. They come because they want communion.
Communion is God, communion is free as love is free. ďI got it, I am good to
go,Ē they sayÖ
donít get me wrong. We should stay in church up to the end of Mass. I would
like to say good bye to all of you, but please donít think that I am annoyed if
you have to leave earlier.
celebrate the Holy Eucharist, the most holy Body and Blood of Christ, the bread
of eternal life that came down from Heaven. No greater love can be imagined. No
greater lover, no greater gift, no greater miracle, no greater happiness. Thank
you, Lord, for the Eucharist! May we always be faithful to you.
May we always receive you with clean hands, with pure conscience.
May we never abandon you. May we always remember that
if you are food, it is because you are waiting for us.†† ĖFr.
for Parish Pastoral Council
The Parish Pastoral Council is solely a consultative body, advising and
assisting the Pastor in areas of Pastoral concern.
Four more members are required.
-Needed: ††† -Potential candidates
with strong faith and morals.
give their time, talent and wisdom.
-People who can
work in a consultative and collaborative manner.
serve on the Parish Pastoral Council for the best interest of
† the whole parish.
Those interested, please contact the office 905 372-6844. If more than
four are interested, a parish election will occur.
members appointed by the Pastor are:
Laszlo and Henriette De Roth †††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Bob
and Susan Clement
Ken and Kathy Reid ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Jennifer
and Peter Riccio,
Rick and Duane Hoffman ††††††††††††††††††††††††† Vic and Colleen Olsen,
Sr. Linda Gregg †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Pat Fleming
Consultants who do not attend meetings but can be called for advice are:
Nancy Marrocco ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† David Thomas
Phil and Mary Calnan †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rob Majdell
Peter and Suzanne Delanty
††††††††††††††††††††††† Carol Lawless
Ria Collins††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Reg and Dorothy