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Corpus Christi: An Opportunity To Carry The Living Christ Out Into The World

Corpus Christi: An Opportunity To Carry The Living Christ Out Into The World

In as much as it is popular parlance to explain certain events or places as heaven on earth, I find this to be a hard sell. After all, the world can be a cruel and unforgiving place, full of many who detest the very idea of heaven, life eternal, and true forgiveness.

This however, is a cynicism which cannot be allowed to persist, for there is indeed one thing upon this earth which is always and forever perfect, made manifest everyday all across the world: the Lord’s body and blood are consecrated every day in every country in the world. It is in celebration of this perfection that, on the day of Corpus Christi, we parade this unblemished article through the streets. This was, however, not always the case.

Corpus Christi itself is a feast day with its roots in the medieval period and has its particular origins in one woman’s desire to have more time in the year to show on the Blessed Sacrament.

St. Juliana of Liege was, like many women in mid-12th century Liege (present-day Belgium), a fervent devotee to the blessed body and blood of Christ.

Moreover, this aspect of the Christ only received specific attention during the Lenten season, and Juliana felt that such an important part of the Catholic faith as the Eucharist deserved another feast day. Throughout her early life, she received dreams she took to be prophetic, of a full moon blemished by darkness. Though she spoke with few people about these visions, she interpreted the moon to be the Church, and the dark blemish a visualization of the shame of giving so little devotion to the blessed body and blood of Jesus.

Definitely, St. Juliana would become the canoness of her abbey, and confessed her visions to a priest. The priest relayed this details to local intellectuals, who agreed with her sentiment and start to lobby among the local clergy for such a feast day to be instituted, as in those days feast days could be set by the bishops, not needing direction from Rome.

It did not take long for the tradition to catch on, spreading particularly following her death, and formal papal recognition of the new feast came in 1264 with the bull Transiturus de mundo. Since that time, the feast has only grown to hold a prominent place in the Catholic liturgical year, a time outside of Lent to reflect upon the most crucial element of every Mass: the body and blood of Christ himself.

Corpus Christi is traditionally celebrated the Thursday after the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (the Sunday after Pentecost). In the United States, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) is observed on the following Sunday after Trinity Sunday.

Corpus Christi is then a privilege for us to carry the Living Christ out into the world for all to see. This being such a momentous event reflective not only of our faith but the Catholic family as a whole, it has become customary to dress well for Eucharist procession; Sunday best no matter the day.

Heads are to remain bare, and people walk in pairs so that both order and respect might be maintained. If you are taking part in a procession this year, be mindful not to appear ostentatious or immodest, as the true star of the show will be up front. The monstrance containing the Eucharist takes precedence above all, though the ornateness and pomp of your particular Eucharistic container may vary from the elaborate, star-like designs of old to the more modern, simplistic creations of our time.

Carrying Christ through the streets in celebration of his life, resurrection, and infinite grace, we publicly testify to our faith in life everlasting and victory over death.

In a secular age which would rather see such ideas cast aside, our public witness is all the more important. To those who live in a utopian, whishing fantasy of mankind’s perpetual growth, who delude themselves into thinking that perfection upon this Earth is possible, it is crucial to show them that one thing which is truly perfect.

When we walk with Christ among the wider world, we believe in two things above all else: that we as a human race and the world we inhabit are flawed, and that there is one perfect being which can save us from death, one of the imperfections our first parents brought upon our race.

This feast of Corpus Christi, let us walk confidently in the knowledge that we, Christ True Church, are blessed with a gift beyond value, and have truly found heaven on earth.

Did Jesus Really Have A Guardian Angel?

Did Jesus Really Have A Guardian Angel?

Question

Did Jesus have a guardian angel?

Answer

Since Jesus was fully man, he may have had a guardian angel. Some theologians believe that Michael the Archangel fulfilled this role. Scripture clearly records angels ministering to him. In his account of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, Luke wrote, “And there appeared to [Jesus] an angel from heaven, strengthening him” (Luke 22:43). Also, Matthew (4:11) and Mark (1:13) mention angels ministering to Jesus after he was tempted by the devil.

So, did Jesus need the help of angels? The Navarre Bible commentary on St. Luke answers, “The Creator of all, who is never in need of the help of his creatures, is ready to welcome, as man, consolation and assistance from those who can give it” (St. Luke, 240).

Do Not Hinder The Children: Let Them Come To Jesus 

Do Not Hinder The Children: Let Them Come To Jesus 


​*Do not Hinder the Children; Let them Come to Jesus*

(Homily for August 18, 2018)
_“Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven. And he laid His hands on them and went away” *(Matthew 19:14-15).*_
Once upon a time, a parent asked a priest, “when is the right time to start teaching my child about God?” In response, the priest asked, “How old is your child?” And the child’s father said, “He is just two years old.” The priest said, “You are two years late.” 
Dear friends in Christ, one very common mistake we often make as parents is to assume children are too young to know or understand the things of God and by so doing, we indirectly hinder them from coming to Jesus. 
It is such an irony that we do not think twice before playing the latest secular music for a child on his/her first birthday but when it comes to prayer, the child is completely left out. Some children never get to know the meaning of prayer or develop a relationship with God even after learning all the alphabets. 
Jesus was not happy with the disciples because they were trying to prevent children from coming to him. A few days ago, we read of how Jesus said: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10).
As a nation, the greatest injury we suffered was the forceful take-over of schools from the Christian missionaries. When learning became devoid of the God-aspect, we produced a generation of persons whose religiosity could not go beyond the skin, a generation of church/mosque-goers who draw a demarcation between the dictates of God and their everyday choices.
In our first reading, God explains to prophet Ezekiel that He shall not judge a person based on his/her parents’ righteousness rather everyone shall answer for his or her own deeds. This implies that no matter how good we are, our goodness will not benefit our children if they themselves are not good. We must, therefore, make every effort to bring our children up to know God, to love God and serve God.
If the only reason your child remembers to pray or read the Bible is that you told him so, then know that you have not done a good job. This is because such shallow spirituality is done only to please you. The moment that child steps out of the house, he or she quickly drops any religious attachment. 
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, may I be a bridge connecting my children with you. Amen

 

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Saturday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time: Bible Study: Ezekiel 18:1-32, Psalm 51:12-19, Matthew 19:13-15).*
Fr. Abu.  
*Say a little prayer for me as i clock 6years in the priesthood today August 18th, 2018. Pray that God sustains me and contines to speak His word through this platform. Amen*🙏🏻



Why Did Jesus Address His Mother, As “Woman” In The Bible?  

Why Did Jesus Address His Mother, As “Woman” In The Bible?  

Why is it that Jesus calls His Mother “Woman” in the Bible?

In few parts of the gospel, we noticed that Jesus addressed his Mother Mary as “Woman”. Many non-Catholics and protestants point to this fact in trying to downplay the importance of the Blessed Mother in Christian life. In fact, many of them seemingly use this to justify NOT giving the Blessed Mother the respect and veneration that Catholics give her.

Is Jesus being disrespectful of His Mother when He calls her woman? And as such, are we supposed to follow the Protestant “logic” that since Jesus called His Mother “Woman”, we should not give her as much honor as we should?

There are two (2) ways of answering this question.

First, does Jesus’ calling Mary “Woman” connote a certain level of disrespect? The answer, of course, is NO! Simple logic will answer this. 

Jesus, the Son of God, gave this as one of His principal commandments: “Honor your father and your mother.” Do you think that Jesus, who is God, will contradict Himself and not practice what He taught? That is, do you think that He Himself, who gave the command to honor father and mother, will NOT Himself honor His own mother?

Second, Jesus’ calling Mary “Woman” has a deeper theological meaning. Church scholars preach that the reason Jesus calls His Mother “Woman” is to refer to her as the “Woman” foretold in Genesis. In Genesis 3:15, after banishing Adam and Eve from the heavenly paradise, God made a promise to the serpent. He said that He will “put enmity between you and the Woman, between her offspring and yours. She will crush your head, and you shall bite her heel.”

At the very beginning of our salvation history, God promised to send a “Woman” whose offspring will crush the head of the serpent. That “Woman” is Mary, and the “offspring” is Jesus.

Whenever Jesus calls Mary “Woman”, therefore, He exalts her by pointing out to us that Mary is the fulfillment of the prophecy and promise that God made at the very beginning of human history. Mary is the “Woman” who will crush the head of the serpent! She is the victorious “Woman” who gave birth to Jesus, her Offspring, who triumphs over Satan.



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