august 1, 2021
As we enter the month of August the Church will continue reading the sixth chapter of the gospel according to St. John. This chapter focuses on the Bread of Life, the Eucharist. The chapter begins with the event of Jesus feeding more than five thousand people. It takes place near the time of Passover. The words used to describe this incident are very similar to the words of consecration at Mass: he took the bread, said the blessing, gave thanks and distributed the bread.
These are the words of consecration, also called the words of institution, from Eucharistic Prayer III, “he himself took bread, and, giving you thanks, he said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to his disciples, saying; Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my Body, which will be given up for you.”
Over the last year and a half so many were not able to go to Mass or receive Communion. This lack was felt deeply by so many in the Church. There was the pain of loss. Though many people watched Mass on television, facebook and youtube, it was not the same as being physically present and receiving the consecrated Host.
Now many people have returned. Churches have taken care to be clean and safe for people to come back. Yet, many do not feel comfortable to do so. If you have not returned be- cause of health concerns and want us to come to you, please let us know. Our Ministers of Communion are will- ing to visit you at your home.
Maybe you or others in your family think, “Well, it has been a long time since I went to Mass and I am doing just fine, I do not need to return” and just stay away. We, the Catholic community, would like to welcome you back. We are richer because of your being in Church. We are more alive and vibrant because you are here. We are more representative of the whole Church – young and old; married, widowed, divorced or single; gay or straight; from a multitude of countries, cultures and languages. It is the Universal Catholic Church. You are welcome here.