September 12, 2016
(The Holy Name of Mary)
St. Paul said, “the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, ‘This is my Body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my Blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.” 1_Cor_11:17-26,33
For 15-years, every year, we’ve recalled the deaths of the innocent people lost on September 11, 2001. We remember the deaths of our loved ones in Iraq, Afghanistan,Vietnam, Korea and the World Wars. And we mourn for their loss. But how many deaths do we remember from 2000-years ago? Maybe ONE. And what impact would that have on our lives, anyway?
Well, every Sunday at Mass we celebrate, celebrate?, this death of Jesus. Yes, we celebrate! Because in His death Jesus brought us LIFE! In His resurrection He brought us hope. This is what we celebrate every Sunday – the Easter Resurrection of the Lord. And before His death, Jesus left us with an eternal remembrance of Him. A picture postcard, if you will, but even better. He left us with a meal that brings His very life right into ours – we call it Eucharist (Thanksgiving).
Every Sunday we hear these words of St. Paul, the words of Jesus as we prepare ourselves for this Great Thanksgiving. And then, beyond just carrying a photo of Jesus in our wallet, we actually carry His life within ourselves. We BECOME Jesus to the world. And that life shows in our words, in our actions and in our interactions with others. Now, that’s something to celebrate!
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