Pastor's Desk: Feast of Corpus Christi
Greetings all, on this Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body & Blood of Christ. The presence of Jesus to us all in the Eucharist is a true gift and source of grace. As a Parish Team we are delighted with the number of people who call into the church on Mondays because of the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, for a period of quiet prayer. Some people call in for only a few minutes on the way to or from the shopping centre, others have a set time each Monday that they give over to prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. In either case there is a recognition that Jesus is present to us in a special way in the Consecrated Host.
Dublin has been given the honour of hosting the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. The last time we had the Congress here of course was in 1932. Ireland was very different then and indeed so was the Catholic Church in Ireland. The time between now and 2012 is an opportunity to prepare as individuals and as a parish. We begin by reconnecting ourselves with Jesus in the Eucharist. Time spent before the Blessed Sacrament allows us to tell the Lord of our joys, sorrows, hopes and concerns. In other words, we create a real relationship with God. If you had a friend or relative that you didn’t speak to regularly you would hardly describe them as “close”. This time of preparation is a chance for us to deepen our relationship with God and to listen to His voice in our lives.
The Catholic Church in Ireland needs to renew its faith. We have to start by re-centring our faith on the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. Only in this way can we carry out the mission He has given us as His followers. Some people ask how they should pray before the Blessed Sacrament; should they say the Rosary, repeat a load of prayers in their head? My answer is the one given to me by my Spiritual Director in my first year in Clonliffe College: “Pray as you can, not as you can’t”, that means, whatever works for you; but if you would like guidance, I find it useful to read a passage from the scriptures, maybe Sunday’s Gospel from the Mass leaflet, a few times and then sit quietly in silence as I think how it applies to my life.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place each Monday, September to June, from after the 10am Mass till just before the 7.30pm Mass.
Have a great week.