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  • Fr. Andrew Strobl

Powerful Feast Day: The Eucharist is an Invitation

This weekend we will celebrate another powerful feast: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. It is the fourth major feast we have celebrated in a row following the Ascension, Pentecost, and the Most Holy Trinity. For the Mass, a special prayer called the Sequence Lauda Sion may be offered before the Gospel is proclaimed. A part of the sequence states: This the truth each Christian learns, Bread into his flesh he turns, To his precious blood the wine: Sight has fail'd, nor thought conceives, But a dauntless faith believes, Resting on a pow'r divine. Here beneath these signs are hidden Priceless things to sense forbidden; Signs, not things are all we see: Blood is poured and flesh is broken, Yet in either wondrous token Christ entire we know to be. The Eucharist is an invitation to allow faith to make up for what our senses lack. As Jesus said, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed” (John 20:29). Saint John Paul II, pray for us!

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