Dear St. Martin’s Parishioners,

This Sunday we celebrate the solemnity of Corpus Christi, which highlights our belief in the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ that is given to us in Holy Communion. Nothing has inspired greater devotion, led to so many conversions, or wrought more miracles in the Church’s history than the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. This is because the Eucharist is the most concrete expression of the truth stated by St. John the Evangelist, “God is love.” Anything ever expressed concerning human or divine love falls well short of what happens at Mass: the infinite condescension of God, who transforms bread and wine into the substance of his Incarnate Son, to bring us into union with Himself.

At times when I’m out and about I meet people who, when they discover I am a priest, are eager to disclose that they, too, are Catholics. Then they go on to say that they are currently attending another non-Catholic church for any variety of reasons. I am left wondering if they ever really understood the Eucharistic presence of Jesus Christ in the Catholic Mass. If so, how could they turn their backs on that? The reality is, to paraphrase St. John Marie Vianney, if we truly understood the Eucharist, we would die of love. All of the infinite riches of the spiritual life, the very Sacred Heart of Jesus, are contained in the Eucharist.

I hope that you are able to join us for our annual Corpus Christi procession, which follows the 9:00am Mass this Sunday. At about 10:00am, we will process from the front doors of the church, across Rt. 355, to Fr. Meyer Field, and finally finish at the convent. Along the way, we will have set up five beautifully decorated altars, where we will briefly adore our Eucharistic Lord while praying a decade of the rosary. Our Corpus Christi procession is a powerful public testimony of our belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

United in the Eucharist,

Fr. Dave

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