Dear Friends in Christ, First a brief story; second, a stunning promise from Jesus; and third, a precious gift.
After that somewhat startling story of little brother Francis, there is Good News!
The stunning promise of Jesus is that at this altar, fresh bread is offered to us daily. This is no mere sign! This is real food to satisfy our hunger.
During these days of lockdown, most people cannot receive the Body of Christ. They truly hunger for this bread come down from heaven. One man begged me, “Can’t you have a Mass in the parking lot?”
Many of us who make receiving communion a daily habit had grown too used to it and taken it for granted. This lockdown has stopped us in our tracks! It has forced our families, friends and whole parishes to long for the Body of Christ in communion.
Imagine this: If in the whole world, this most Holy Sacrament were celebrated in only one place, by only one priest, how great do you think people’s desire would be to go to that place and to that priest of God so that they could experience the Divine Mysteries being celebrated?
Thank you, Good Jesus, Eternal Shepherd, for choosing to nourish our families with your precious Body and Blood. We pray, through your Blessed Mother, that you will find a way to make this virus go away and let us be nourished once again as families with your sweet bread come down from heaven. Saint Francis of Assisi, Pray for us.
For additional reading; Today's Gospel, from The Bread of Life Discourse
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About Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C.
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.