“Come to me all you who labor and are overburdened and you will find rest for your souls”, Christ says to today. And as we come to be united with him intimately in communion, where he comes to us as the great lover, lets confess any ways we may have failed to give similar wholehearted love to those around us..
Recently we had the feasts of Corpus Christi and The Sacred Heart. Both remind us of the risen Christ’s presence among us. The feast of Corpus Christi was requested by God himself in his appearance to St.Juliani when he said that he wanted a special feast set aside in honor of his Real Presence. For as the church went on, faith in his Real Presence would diminish to the point where it would need a feast day to remind us that he’s with us body and blood, soul and divinity. For the same reason he requested St.Margaret Mary to ask the church to institute the feast of the Sacred Heart in the octave of Corpus Christi. He wanted to emphasize that the Blessed Sacrament is his heart beating for us, his loving Presence in our midst as Risen Lord.
The Gospel today says: “come to me all you who labor and are over-burdened, and I will give you rest”. That’s what he does in communion. And That’s also the gospel for the feast of the Sacred Heart, for that is eucharistic as well. Lets reaffirm our faith then in the timeless embrace of his personal love reaching our to us from the altar. For when we receive we become one with that loving lord in an intimate way. As the visionary, St.Padre Pio, put it, in communion “Jesus kisses us all over”; we are “like two candles that melt together and are no longer distinguishable”. And as we leave the church, we’re “a living monstrance”.
This is such a glorious mystery, we need to bring home its importance to young people especially. For they can be very ignorant in relation to the greatness of this sacrament. I remember visiting a school once and I asked what we receive in the communion: “holy bread”, a child said. He didn’t realize that this is more than bread, its the real Presence of Christ. No wonder then John Paul 11 said: “I urge priests religious and lay people to redouble their efforts to teach the younger generations the meaning and value of eucharistic devotion. How will young people be able to know the Lord if they’re not introduced to the mystery of his Real Presence in the Eucharist”. He says that “in one day the Eucharist will make us produce more for the glory of God than a whole lifetime without it, and even Mary carries out a perpetual mission of adoration in the presence of the most holy and adorable Eucharist pleading for the salvation of the world”. How privileged we are then at this mass. and lets celebrate joyfully not only our union with God in communion, but also plead for the union of the whole world with him, and especially those young people lost without God today. Indeed I ask every person here to pray before the Eucharist every day for our youth. For we can’t even imagine what power there is in eucharistic prayer. When we go to the church and pray in Christ’s presence and receive Him, then our prayers are one with his and reach the very height of heaven. All’s dust by comparison. For the world of which Satan is lord fades to ashes at last but in the Eucharist we’re one with the Lord of love, goodness, peace, happiness, beauty and salvation for our untold happiness in the world and forever and ever, amen. So as God’s own, growing in His life through every mass and communion until we blossom into eternity, lets profess our faith.
Prayers of the Faithful
So as God’s family, gathered here in the power and glory of the eucharistic people, which we are, we pray in the grace of the risen Lord for our own, the church’s and the world’s needs..
For our Holy father the Pope and all the leaders of the church that they may bring all people who labor under the burdens of the world to the freedom peace, rest, happiness and glory in Christ..
For our civic leaders that they may not place undue burdens on those they govern but lift up all their people, especially the poor, the weak, the lonely and the oppressed..
For ourselves and our community that making the Eucharist the center of our lives each Sunday we may grow in the eternal peace of Christ here below and pass that great legacy to our children..
For our young people that appreciating the greatness and essential nature of the mass and eucharistic for their spiritual health and peace in this world, they may be faithful to it each Sunday and flower through it into eternal glory even in this world..
For those burdened with sickness that through regular or First Friday communion and our loving care and prayers, they may experience the strength, healing and peace of Christ in their suffering…
For the dead, that throwing off the burdens of sin and punishment, they may enter into the rest of Christ..
And we ask all these prayers in the read living Presence of the risen Lord who constantly intercedes for us and in us to his father
St Padre Pio, used to spend hours at each mass. His reverence for the Eucharist and Christ’s Real Presence was legendary. He’d spend ages at the consecration. Yet no one said his mass was too long. Indeed millions asked for the privilege of being at it, for that was his greatness, not all the miracles he supposedly worked. Lets pray that like him we’ll celebrate mass and receive communion so devoutly we’ll go out to be a shining light of faith and love to those around us, especially our children… Hail Mary