Christ Shed Tears. His Priests Shed Tears Too
What a Corpus Christi Mass and procession we had last week! It is a milestone in my almost 21 years in the priesthood. Jesus spoke to my heart and mind at mass the way he has never spoken before. Why did I broke into tears during mass? I don't have the language to express it; it was the Spirit of the Mass that touched somewhere deep in my soul, and took over. But I can say this, Jesus loves us so much, and we don't even realize how much he does. It is painful, yet joyful.
The pains of frustration sometime yields into complex tears. That happened to Jesus in the Scripture. Sometimes, the frustration with my lack of ability to express adequate appreciation for the love of Jesus in the Sacrifice of the Mass turns into uncontrollable sobs. Yet, they are at the same time tears of joy. My mind, soul and body are often taken over by spirit of joy in knowing the unconditional love of Jesus and in a complicated and confused way, flows out as tears. Let us leave tears aside and turn to thanks.
There are no words adequate to express my deep appreciation for all who planned a successful Corpus Christi procession after the 10:30 AM mass last Sunday. But I will use the words available, insufficient as they may be, THANK YOU. Thank you to Joseph Barone, the MC, members of the Knights of Columbus, St. Michael’s Guard, the special alter servers, Dr. Gregory Martin, the canopy bearers, Corinne and the singing group, the CCW, Men's Club, and of course, all the parishioner participants who did the walk with Jesus to the Historic Church despite the threat of the scorching sun. Thank you to all. May Jesus smile upon your soul.
May the seed of Eucharistic devotion sown last Sunday grow in large bounds and transform our parish at large into a Eucharistic centered family of God.
In the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.
Fr. Bernard, OP
~~~~ There will not be daily Mass on Monday, June 14th ~~~~