The close of the Gospel today gives us God’s eternal answer. “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
Where does God live? There are many different biblical and theological answers to this question. When we praise the “holy place” in this introit, we think about, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt 18:20) and the Church document, Sacrosanctum Concilium, article 7: Our liturgical gathering itself is a mode of divine presence in the world.
God is good and can only be good. Pride and humility are so close to each other here. We are proud to have a relationship with God, and humble that this relationship is an undeserved gift. This is both the pain and the promise of Christianity.
We are invited by God to gather at mass with the attitude of a pilgrim: every song, every prayer, every scripture, every procession, both expresses our existing relationship with God and one another and deepens those relationships.
Many of the introits so far this summer have focused on the deep places in our life where we seek God’s comfort, his forgiveness, his assurance and the knowledge of his mercy. This introit reflects a spirit of pure joy and celebration.
Join your St. Ann parish family tomorrow, Saturday, June 12th for an evening to celebrate our Catholic faith, friendship and community. Mass begins at 4 PM outside on the athletic field and picnic, music and fellowship starts at 5 PM.
Using a Pentecost chant for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is a beautiful reminder that the Eucharist is not in competition with the Word or the Spirit. God gives many different sorts of “bread” and “wine” so that we can live. Biblical stories, metaphors and symbolic liturgical experiences are not rivals of one another– they complement each other.
Sunday after Sunday we should recall in a spirit of gratitude the gifts which the Blessed Trinity is bestowing upon us. The Father creating us; on the first day of the week He began the work of creation. The Son redeeming us; Sunday is the "Day of the Lord," the day of His resurrection. The Holy Spirit sanctifying us, making us His temple; on Sunday the Holy Spirit descended upon the infant Church. Sunday, therefore, is the day of the Most Holy Trinity.
The heart of the Church's life and mission is to be a witness to Christ's resurrection. So, apostles and bishops, are to be living evidence of the risen Christ. But not just bishops. Peter says "a witness with us," and "us" refers not to the 11 Apostles but to the gathered Christians, all the companions of Jesus, all of us.
The command to “proclaim a joyful sound and let it be heard” is saying two things: affirmation—you will be set free, and call—when it happens you must respond. God’s plan for our lives includes active involvement in His work.