Food for Forever

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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ 2017

Christ waits for us.  Christ waits for us as we work, as we play, as we sleep, He is ever there, patient and at the ready.  There is never a time in our lives that Christ is not present for us to turn to even in our darkest of times.  The Lord is faithful the Lord is true to His promises and the Lord is persistent in His search for His prodigal people.  We have but to turn to Him even in our sinfulness and He will be there for us.

The presence of Christ in our lives never takes a more meaningful form than that of His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity that we receive in the Holy Eucharist.  The Communion line offers us a wonderful analogy of how Christ abides with His people in our lives.  The procession that we partake in on our way to receive the Eucharist should be a time of prayer, praise and worship.  We reflect on the areas of our lives that need more Christ in them.  We celebrate with our fellow worshipers the life giving food that we are about to receive, the food that gives us life eternal.  We receive the Eucharist with a reverence and awe due to our Creator and King, and we do all of this together as that other body of Christ, His Church, His people.  After the Mass is completed the words “go in peace” reach our ears, urging us to take Christ out into the world and for us to be Christ for all of those that we meet on our path.

This celebration of the Body and Blood of Christ is the celebration of our faith at its pinnacle, in what Vatican II called, “the source and summit” of our spiritual lives.  May we be worthy of such a gift and may we be thankful to God for this treasure.  Amen.

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Bill

What is Your Part in the Resurrection?

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As we move through the middle of Easter we have the opportunity to continue to reflect on The Resurrection.  When we celebrate this season every year we are not merely celebrating an event that happened a long time in the past.  We assuredly are celebrating something that started a long time ago with the resurrection of Christ which was the event that changed everything.  What we are celebrating is nothing less than the salvation of the world, a world that has been, is being, and always will be transformed by the incarnation of God who became man, who suffered, died and rose from the dead in order that we may have eternal life with Him in Heaven!  The plan that was set forth by God from the beginning of time is accomplished, done, finished and completed in the saving work of Jesus Christ, that is, the part that God had to do.  For our part the only thing that God asks us to do is to believe and to behave as if we do indeed believe and even in this part of the plan we are aided by God. God has given us His Church, that body of Christ on earth, the Church in which we are spiritually nourished.  The Church in which we take an active participation in the worship of God our Father, Jesus our Brother and the Holy Spirit our Advocate and then go forth from that worship to keep the mission that has been entrusted to us, to bring the message of Christ to a world that is in such desperate need of the truth of Easter!

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Bill

Indeed He is Risen!

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Easter is a wonderful season to ponder and pray about our relationship with our Lord and Savior.  It is through the resurrection of Jesus that our own salvation and eternal life in heaven is even made possible. As Saint Paul states, concerning the resurrection, that if Jesus was not raised from the dead then his preaching was in vain and our faith is in vain.  In fact if Jesus was not raised from the dead then for over two thousand years all Christians have been fools including you and I.  Now of course Paul, having experienced the risen Christ knew very well that Jesus was raised from the dead and all of those Christians throughout the centuries believed in the resurrection as well.  So if we believe in the resurrection of our Lord there is only one thing to do and that is to make our faith the pillar upon which the rest of our lives rest.  Jesus must take precedence over every other thing in our lives not only as an example of how we should live our lives but also as a brother with whom we are the sons and daughters of God our Father.

If we make these connections with our belief in the resurrection we can truly rejoice now, for He is risen and has freed us from the power of death!  All praise and glory be to God our Father, His Son our Lord and Savior through the Holy Spirit one God forever and ever.  Amen!

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Bill

The Devil Made Me Do IT

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1st Sunday Lent                On this first Sunday of Lent we are presented with two very familiar and interesting readings in the first reading from Genesis and the Gospel from Matthew.  Our first reading is the account of “The Fall,” the sin of Adam and Eve who were given paradise but ended up choosing to go against the will of God by succumbing to the temptations of the devil.  In the Gospel reading we have Jesus, the new Adam, who is also tempted by the devil but the results are very different in this case.  Indeed this time the one being tempted was God made man but Jesus was fully human as well and had all of the weaknesses that each one of us have.  For each one of the temptations that the devil places before Jesus he responds to by quoting scripture, the Word of God.  The responses which Jesus gives to Satan demonstrates the continuity of that which Jesus represents as the fulfillment of something old and the beginning of something new.  Jesus is the fulfillment of all of the law and the prophets that came before him, he is also the herald of the Kingdom of God, that living entity, His Church!               So as we proceed through our journey this Lenten season let us remember what we are a part of, we are the Body of Christ. As members of that body we are called to do our part, to turn away from sin and truly believe in the Gospel, that Good News which binds us together and gives us mission, sending us out into the world to share that message and to bring the world back to God.

 

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Bill

The Meek will Peek

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4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The reading from the first Letter to the Corinthians by Saint Paul seems to be the perfect compliment to the Gospel reading of the Beatitudes.  Saint Paul tells us that if we have anything to boast about it is in the Lord.  In and of ourselves we have nothing to boast of because all that we are, all that has been given to us and any worth that we may have has been bestowed upon us by God.   The Beatitudes demonstrate how the virtues of humility, patience, courage and charity are the very foundations for our relationships with one another, given to us from the very mouth of God incarnate.  Both Paul and Jesus are talking about living in a way that is counter to the “wisdom of the world” and based on the wisdom of God and the way that His creation was intended to be, in loving relationship with one another.  The more that we look to the world for answers, or our own wants and desires the more we will move away from our intended purpose.  The more that we look toward the will of God in our lives and the needs of  the other the closer we will move toward the purpose for which we were created.  In the culture of “its all about me” blessed are they who love one another, for God will show His mercy and love to them.

Yours in Christ

Deacon Bill

Patience, Who has the time?

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3rd Sunday Advent  2016

The second reading today from the letter of Saint James expounds on the need for patience, in fact he uses the word patient four times in this one short paragraph, four times in four sentences.  It would seem that Saint James wanted to get a point across to his readers, HAVE PATIENCE.  It would seem, however, in the world of today patience is something that is very scarce, we want everything now and not a moment later.  We have fast food, instant messaging, speed dialing, high speed internet and about anything else that you can think of that makes are world come to us at our demand.  With all of this activity and the pace of our lives there is little room for the practice of patience in our lives.  I should be the one to talk with my driving behavior which I will not discuss here and please do not ask my wife.  However if we examine the reading from James we can see that he uses the word patience in relationship to the coming of our Lord.  We are now in that same mode in this season of Advent and as we enter into the third week of this wonderful season are we patiently waiting for the coming of our Savior or are we fretting about getting those last presents bought and wrapped or those decorations up or those cookies baked?  We celebrate this season only once every year as a time to prepare ourselves for something that has already happened and yet is to happen again but this time not a baby being born in Bethlehem but the child, the Son of God coming into our hearts and allowing us to be born again.  God gives us the gift of Himself again and again, offering us a peace, a conversion, a gift of everlasting life if only we have the patience and understanding that it is only in Him do we truly find the meaning of our lives.

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Bill

That’s a King?

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The gospel reading today seems a bit strange for celebrating the kingship of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ.  The rulers of the Jews were mocking Jesus as was Pilate who put the inscription above Jesus stating that He was the King of the Jews.  The only one who recognized Jesus as a true king was the criminal who saw that Jesus was innocent and something more than a man when he rebuked the other criminal and asked Jesus to remember him when Jesus comes into His Kingdom.

When we think of a king who is raised up and enthroned we usually do not think that he is raised up on a cross, but this is how our King was treated.  However, through the blessing of the Resurrection, the cross now becomes the symbol of His triumph!  The symbol of the crucifix now adorns our churches and homes as a reminder of what God has accomplished for us in His passion death and resurrection, our very salvation.  Who would have thought that an instrument of torture and death would become a symbol of triumph over death itself!  What a genius God is using a symbol of death to triumph over death and to make it now a symbol of eternal life!

So as we reflect on the Kingship of Jesus today, the King of the Universe, the King over all that exists we are compelled to ponder the love that God must have for us, giving His beloved Son to us not only as a sacrifice for our salvation but also that food from Heaven that satisfies our spiritual hunger as well. Amen

Your Servant in Christ,

Deacon Bill