The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,

Fr. Marty JacintoI hope this finds you well and safe.

This weekend we are celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. This is a particularly good time for us to take a closer look at our inner selves and ask if we really appreciate the Eucharist. Every time we approach this great Sacrament, are we truly mindful of what we are doing and who we hope to receive in this Holy and Blessed Communion? Jesus’ grace-filled presence is always revealed to us in this Sacrament.

When we come to Mass and receive communion, it is especially important that we prepare, think, and reflect on what we are about to do. We need to go to confession and observe a short time fasting before Mass. We need to truly believe that this is the living Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, truly present under the signs of bread and wine. This is our Lord and God, who comes as food for our souls. He wants to share His very life with us in this sacred meal, which is offered as a sacrifice to God the Father. We are invited to share this Holy Communion with one another and the Lord.

Brothers and sisters, the author of the Letter to the Hebrews speaks of how Jesus served all of us as the quintessential high priest, not offering the blood of goats and sheep and bulls but offering us his own precious life’s blood. Jesus’ sacrifice is our sacrifice and our offering to God, the one offering that is acceptable to Him. In this great offering to God, we are called to be One people, his blessed and redeemed people. So, let us remember and celebrate his living presence with us in the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

As I mentioned in last week’s bulletin, this weekend is the last time we will live-stream the 10 o’clock Mass. It is time for everyone to come back to church, to be united with the Body of Christ, and to pray and celebrate together with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Please share this information with those whom you know who have not been back to Mass since last year.

God bless you all.

Love,
Father Marty