Sunday Reflection – 4 February – 5th Sunday of Year B

Sunday Reflection – 4 February – 5th Sunday of Year B

The Action of God on Calvary is a continuous action throughout Creation
Fr Gerard W Hughes S.J. – “God of Surprises”

The same God who manifested Godself in the historical Jesus, once-for-all, is still giving Godself to us in love through the signs and symbols of bread and wine.   God is not time-and-space-conditioned.   The once-for-all action of God on Calvary is a continuous action throughout creation.   In celebrating the Eucharist, we are celebrating our awareness of this tremendous truth.
As our sinfulness can infect and deform our image of God and our understanding of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection, so too, it can distort our understanding of the Eucharist.   Instead of a celebration which fills us with joy and wonder, broadening our vision and uniting us with ourselves and with all creation, the Eucharist can become a code and formal ritual, performed mechanically with more attention to rubrics and money-raising, than to God or to one another and, attended by many because they are afraid that their absence might cause their eternal damnation.
Christian communities can be divided into hostile factions over the choice of hymns, the place of tabernacle in the Church, the manner of distributing and receiving Holy Communion, who should and should not be allowed to receive it, what one wears or should wear or not wear, whether women cover their heads, the language used for the liturgy, or whether the Peace of Christ should be given to one another by the congregation!
I am not saying that these questions do not have their importance somewhere, nor am I advocating abolition of all rubrics, rules and regulations but I am saying that many of the questions which absorb our attention, are very secondary.   They preoccupy and divide us within the Catholic Church because our vision and understanding of the Eucharist is too limited – we turn this reality of God’s love for all His creation into a sacred object, a thing and we do not allow God to be God to us, even this most wonderful and mysterious event!
The Eucharist is given to us so that Christ’s presence may be real in the lives of His people, a living presence.the eucharist is given to us - fr gerard hughes - god of surprises - 4 feb 2018

Posted in DOCTORS of the Church, EASTER, MORNING Prayers

One Minute Reflection – 20 April – Easter Thursday – Fifth Day of the Octave

One Minute Reflection – 20 April – Easter Thursday – Fifth Day of the Octave

Daily Meditation: May we be one in faith. love and peace through the Eucharist.

While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
…..Luke 24:36

REFLECTION – “Let us gather round Him to cherish the memory of His words and of the events contained in Scripture; let us relive His Passion, death and Resurrection. In celebrating the Eucharist we communicate with Christ, the victim of expiation and from Him we draw forgiveness and life. What would our lives as Christians be without the Eucharist? The Eucharist is the perpetual, living inheritance which the Lord has bequeathed to us in the Sacrament of His Body and His Blood and which we must constantly rethink and deepen so that, as venerable Pope Paul VI said, it may “impress its inexhaustible effectiveness on all the days of our earthly life” (Insegnamenti, V [1967], p. 779).”……..Pope Benedict XVI 2009

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, we are scattered in this world and so easily distracted from seeing You. Help me to communicate in love to those around me
who gather in Your love. Let me praise Your name from my heart and rejoice that I have been given the grace of faith through Your love for me. Lord Jesus, remember Your holy Church, built on the apostles and reaching to the ends of the earth and let Your blessing and peace rest on all who gather to celebrate at Your feast in the most holy Eucharist. Amen


Posted in EUCHARISTIC Adoration, MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 9 February

Thought for the Day – 9 February

It seems at times that the saints begin with an unfair advantage.  Today’s highlighted Saint, Miguel Febres Cordero, was born with a Club foot.  At the age of five Our Lady appeared to him and he who previously could not stand alone or walk, ran to her – from then on his disability vanished!   Where is our ‘unfair advantage’?   Is it not in running to Him who waits in the Tabernacle?   Our Lord is truly with us, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity – is this not an unfair advantage?

St Miguel, Pray for us!