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Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

June 26, 2011

A FAMILY MEAL

When I was growing up, I lived on a street with all boys my own age.  I mean, there were like a dozen boys and not a single girl.  You can imagine, we hung out and played with each other quite a bit.  Often we were over at each others houses for meals.  But once a week, my parents told us that it was family night.  Often, we were bummed about it, but in time, we started to understand the value of family night.

Sometimes it was good just be around those with whom we share that special bond.  Sometimes it is good to be with just your family.  We see this just as much with Jesus and his family of Apostles.

The same is true with Mass.  Catholics do a better job than most when it comes to being present to the world around us.  We educate and care for those in need; we actively engage in social concerns in every stage imaginable; and speak the Gospel to all who will listen.  But there comes a time when we need to come together and relax so that we might be strengthen to do the work we are about.

This what happens at Mass.  It is the one place when don’t need to be quite as careful about what we say or how we act for we speak a common language here, we share common motions.  It is comfortable, known to us, easy.  In short, it is our family time.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for Corpus Christi: (Deuteronomy 8.2-3, 14-16; 1 Corinthians 10.16-17; John 6.51-59)

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