FATHER SAM’S MESSAGE
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Celebration has been on my mind the last few weeks. How do we celebrate different events, and how do our celebrations reflect the reality we are celebrating? Memorial Day, I believe, is a wonderful example. How do we celebrate Memorial Day, and how does our celebration reflect the reality we are celebrating? The reality of Memorial Day is a remembrance of those who gave their lives defending our country. Do our celebrations reflect that we are remembering? Does the cook-out, flag t-shirt, etc. really point to a solemn remembrance? Do we pause during the day to consider those who we celebrate? Now don’t get me wrong - there is nothing wrong with a good cook-out and some extra fun with friends and family on Memorial Day! Those are good things, and we celebrate special occasions with those good things! But sometimes, the good things we do can distract us from the reality we celebrate. This Memorial Day, then, let us be conscientious and deliberate in remembering those who have given their lives for our freedom, and offer a special prayer in thanksgiving.
The great Feast of Corpus Christi which we celebrate today is another illustration of this point. How often do we mark Sunday by all kinds of activities and Mass (hopefully) squeezed into the schedule? We have many good things to do, good activities for our families. But the best activity, the best thing we can do, the best place we can be, the best gift we can give to our families, is the Eucharist received on Sunday at Mass. Corpus Christi reminds us of the treasure we hold in the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. The Eucharist draws us together, marks us as one Body, and feeds us so that we can face the spiritual challenges ever present in our lives. On this feast of Corpus Christi, let us remember the gift of the Eucharist and give Jesus that rightful pride of place in our hearts, lives, activities, and families!