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Reflection on the Body and Blood of Christ as important today as it always is

A reflection overlooked and missed for submitting, but more prevalent in our times today. Sorry, Fr. Michael. 

“The Eucharistic calls us to be in relationship is a challenge over and over again for us as believers and perhaps more importantly to us as a Church. At this time when we find ourselves so distant on this Bread of Life Sunday, how do we think about what it means to participate? To love those who seem unlovable. To go beyond the boundaries of our own understanding of who fits and who doesn’t.

I want to leave you with one final story.  Years ago I spent Easter Sunday in Kingston, Jamaica at a place where children who had essentially been abandoned to die in a dump were able to live out their lives with dignity. In the middle of the mass, a developmentally disabled child who had been making noises throughout the majority of the mass stood up at the very moment of epiclesis. As the priest raised the host above his head, the child stood up pointed and shouted “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.” Then he pointed to himself and said, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.” And finally he pointed at the entire crowd and said, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.” In that moment I knew that I had been fed far more than I could have ever imagined. So friends, as Christ reminds us that he’s the living bread come down from heaven, how can we participate in that reality here and now?”

 Catholic Women Preach

SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

SUSAN HAARMAN

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From: Rev. Lauren Allen, UCC Minister

There’s a story that’s been running through my mind since the beginning of our ‘journey’ with COVID 19.  It’s entitled ‘The Allegory of  The Long Spoons.’  It’s beloved all over the world.

It’s about a man who has a dream, and in the dream he dies and goes to hell. While in hell, the man notices there are many tables, filled with sumptuous soups and plates of delicious food, but the people are sitting all around the great tables, starving to death! The hot food is enticing, and everyone lifts up a full spoon, but the spoons in their left hands are six-feet-long and the forks in their right hands are six-feet-long and they can’t bring food to their own mouths, so they are starving. It breaks the dreamer’s heart to see their predicament and hear the tortured groans of these poor people as they hold their food so near but can’t consume it. With these overlong utensils, they can’t feed themselves and don’t think about feeding each other, so they are emaciated.

The next night, the man dreams of going to heaven. When he gets to heaven he sees tables as far as the eyes can see, each filled with dishes of delectable, hot, wonderful food. Now the dreamer is very curious, for he sees that each being has a six-foot-long fork in his left hand, and a six-foot-long spoon in the other hand — it’s beginning to look like the same dream all over again! Yet there’s a difference. All the people here are content and happy and satisfied. Then he understands why. In heaven, they manage to eat and feel nourished because they dip into the dishes before them and then stretch across the table to feed the person across the table from them! The recipient of this kindness is thankful and returns the favor by leaning across the table to feed their benefactors.

Heaven and hell offer the same circumstances and conditions. The one difference is in the way people treat each other. There is enough to go around. We are safe, secure and supplied by all that we need when we recognize that every person is a spiritual being and it is our deepest nature and greatest joy to share, to give as well as receive.

This story rings true during these times when the best way for us to protect ourselves is to protect our neighbor.  It is true that wearing a mask provides little protection for us…but it provides much protection for our neighbor. 

When we wear a mask, we bring us all a little closer to heaven because we are caring for one another.

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