FR. ANDREW WRITES:-
The terrible fire at Grenfell has been truly shocking. What has been impressive to see is the amount of practical help and support that has been offered. It reminded me of the second reading from Corinthians today: ‘The fact that there is only one loaf means that, though there are many of us, we form a single body because we all have a share in this one loaf.’ This is indirectly an expression of Christianity in action people helping each other, especially those in need in a spirit of unity.
This weekend we welcome Bishop John Wilson who will confirm our Confirmation candidates. These young people will receive the Holy Spirit and are sent out to live the faith out in the world. Please keep them in your prayers.
We also celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ, something which we are united in at every Mass. This is at the source and heart of our faith, the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. As Cardinal Canizares Llovera wrote, ‘We must remember that the feast of Corpus Christi solemnly commemorates what we celebrate every day in the simple peace of our churches: the Mystery of the Body and Blood of Christ.’ (‘Adoration as the Heart of Diocesan Life’ in Adoratio 2011: From Eucharistic Adoration to Evangelization, ed.by Alcuin Reid, Burns & Oates, 2012, p. 190)
What is Adoration? A time of prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament displayed in the altar in the monstrance outside of Mass. This will usually take the form of a Holy Hour. We have one each day here in the church, Monday to Friday 3.00 to 4.00pm and on Saturday between 5.00 to 6.00pm. Why not come along?
Why Adoration? God is ‘worthy to be adored for His own sake, because He is our Creator, our Redeemer, our Sanctifier.’ (‘Adoratio’, p.200)
We meditate in a special way on the Eucharist in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. St John Paul II wrote about the benefits of Adoration: ‘It is good to spend time with Him, leaning on His breast like the Beloved Disciple, to be touched by the infinite love of His heart.’ (‘Ecclesia de Eucharistia,’ Racine, ‘Adoratio’ p.202)
‘Touched by the infinite love of His heart’… Corpus Christi ‘is the feast of Christian joy’ (Llovera ,p. 189). The joy cannot be kept to oneself it has to be shared. There is a direct link between Mass and public witness in the dismissal: ‘Go forth the Mass is ended’; ‘Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord’; ‘Go in peace glorifying the Lord by your life.’ That is why we will have a procession after the 12.15 Mass today, to which you are also warmly invited beginning about 1.10pm.
‘By going out into the street on this feast of Corpus Christi, as an extension of the Eucharistic sacrifice, showing in the public square before the gaze and contemplation of men the Eucharistic Mystery of our faith, Jesus Christ Himself in person, wholly, really and truly present here in His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, also reminds us that faith is not lived in hiding and anonymity.’ (Lllovera, p.190)
Corpus Christi a sign of much needed hope today!