Corpus Christi and Memorial Day Weekend
What an exciting time of the year this is! There are graduations followed by job opportunities or preparation to move on to college. There are summer vacations, weddings and favorable weather for many outdoor activities. For many, this time of year represents a new lease on life. As we celebrate major milestones personally and as families, let us make sure we don’t forget what it took to get us to this time in our lives. It took sacrifices (some small and others very big) from many.
This week-end presents us with some very special opportunities to remember the sacrifices others have made for us. In fact, their sacrifices were as big as it gets because they gave their lives for us.
Monday is our national holiday known as Memorial Day. This holiday was established in 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War. Originally it was known as Decoration Day and survivors of Civil War soldiers placed flowers on the graves of the Civil War dead. It was not until after World War I that the day was expanded to honor those who gave their lives in all American wars. Think of the enormous sacrifice each of these men and women made to protect all of us. Memorial Day is an important reminder of those sacrifices. It is important that we remember each of these people who gave their lives for us. Let us give thanks for their sacrifice and pray for them on a regular basis.
This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. We remember the incredible gift Jesus gave us by offering his life for us so we can share eternal life with him. He continues to give us the gift of his Precious Body and Blood every day in the sacrifice of the Mass. Just as our body needs food and water to nourish us physically, Christ’s Body and Blood gives us the nourishment we need to make our pilgrim journey through this life to the life promised by Jesus for those who love Him.
As Catholics we know that what was bread and wine is changed to Christ’s Body and Blood at the consecration at every Mass. We crave the nourishment the Eucharist offers us. By receiving and consuming Christ’s Body and Blood at Communion, we become one with Him as we return to our pew to pray. As we leave Church at the conclusion of Mass we are taking Christ into the world with us. If we let Him, Jesus is also taking us with him to change those around us and the entire world. Let us not take for granted the power of Christ’s Precious Body and Blood. And let us not forget to give thanks to Him for sacrificing His life for us so we may have the gift of His Body and Blood to sustain us as we make our way home to Him.
God bless you all,
Deacon Bill Radio