This coming Sunday, August 20, Bishop Crosby will install me as pastor of Regina Mundi parish in Hamilton at the 11:00am Mass (all are welcome). Many parishioners have never participated in such a ceremony, and have asked what it involves. Others have shared with me that they regret that they cannot be present for it. For those interested, the program for the installation Mass may be accessed by clicking HERE.
From St. Justin Martyr, First Apology, Chapters 66-67.
"And this food is called among us Εὐχαριστία [the Eucharist], of which no one is allowed to partake but the man who believes that the things which we teach are true, and who has been washed with the washing that is for the remission of sins, and unto regeneration, and who is so living as Christ has enjoined. For not as common bread and common drink do we receive these; but in like manner as Jesus Christ our Saviour, having been made flesh by the Word of God, had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so likewise have we been taught that the food which is blessed by the prayer of His word, and from which our blood and flesh by transmutation are nourished, is the flesh and blood of that Jesus who was made flesh. For the apostles, in the memoirs composed by them, which are called Gospels, have thus delivered unto us what was enjoined upon them; that Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, said, This do in remembrance of Me, this is My body; and that, after the same manner, having taken the cup and given thanks, He said, This is My blood; and gave it to them alone. Which the wicked devils have imitated in the mysteries of Mithras, commanding the same thing to be done. For, that bread and a cup of water are placed with certain incantations in the mystic rites of one who is being initiated, you either know or can learn.
And we afterwards continually remind each other of these things. And the wealthy among us help the needy; and we always keep together; and for all things wherewith we are supplied, we bless the Maker of all through His Son Jesus Christ, and through the Holy Ghost. And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things. Then we all rise together and pray, and, as we before said, when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are brought, and the president in like manner offers prayers and thanksgivings, according to his ability, and the people assent, saying Amen; and there is a distribution to each, and a participation of that over which thanks have been given, and to those who are absent a portion is sent by the deacons. And they who are well to do, and willing, give what each thinks fit; and what is collected is deposited with the president, who succours the orphans and widows and those who, through sickness or any other cause, are in want, and those who are in bonds and the strangers sojourning among us, and in a word takes care of all who are in need. But Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Saviour on the same day rose from the dead. For He was crucified on the day before that of Saturn (Saturday); and on the day after that of Saturn, which is the day of the Sun, having appeared to His apostles and disciples, He taught them these things, which we have submitted to you also for your consideration."
"Indeed, the organic union in this body and the structure of the members are so compact that the member who fails to make his proper contribution to the development of the Church must be said to be useful neither to the Church nor to himself" (Vatican II Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity).
Sorry folks, I haven't had many preaching opportunities lately. Here's the latest. STAY AWAKE!
Sorry it's been a while, but I haven't had as many opportunities to preach lately.
Make sure you don't end up as a "would-be" follower of Jesus.
Bottom line, be like the woman in the Gospel, and go to Confession.
Ron Tesoriero, Reason to Believe, (Amazon.com American link - I can't find it in Canada).
Ricardo Castanon Gomez, who headed up the investigation, explained the miracle here.
It came to my attention after giving this homily that many people have never heard of Eucharistic miracles. If you want to learn more, you can Google the topic, or read a good book on them, like this one by Joan Cruz, Eucharistic Miracles (Amazon.ca link).
Make sure you'll go to Heaven, and try to help as many others get there as you can.