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  • Writer's pictureMichael Orange

Words from "The Imitation of Christ

“For in this life I find there are two things especially necessary for me, without which this miserable life would be insupportable. While I am kept in prison of this body, I acknowledge myself to need two things, namely, food and light. You have therefore given me, weak as I am, thy sacred Body, for nourishment of my soul and body, and you have set your word as a lamp to my feet.”

What words for today. Many people ask why do catholics believe that the host and wine are what we consider the body and blood of Christ. First, we believe that it was written in scriptures that way. Plus as we see in scriptures all the miracles that Jesus performed. Then why not this miracle? Why can’t we believe that Jesus gave us himself this way and in so many ways for the love of us. I have always thought of the church as my home and my wife and I hopefully have instilled that in our kids, as well. There have been times in our lives that we would have sunk without the familial bond of our church community. 

What does the Eucharist mean to you? Do you feel the specialness, the holiness and grace that is God in the form of the bread and wine? Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. It’s a special day where we celebrate the significance of Christ in the divine Sacrament, where we continue to re-live the sacrifice, He made so many years ago so that we could receive His grace over and over, every Mass, until the day we meet Him face to face. But while today is of special significance, he comes to us every day, not just Sundays. Not just Holy Days. But he comes to us in this Blessed Sacrament every day if we choose to receive it. To go to Mass and experience his love for us in the Eucharist is beyond comprehension. But to be able to consume Him and be in our heart and soul is truly the miracle. To be able to do this is.... well.... no words can describe.

God bless you,

Deacon Mike


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