.=: T H I S W E E K E N D :=. from Father Pat Umberger __________________________________________________ I R E L A N D 2 0 1 0 $2799 from O'Hare, $2859 from La Crosse - 9 seats remain. 18-28 October 2010 BROCHURE & SIGN-UP SHEET ARE NOW. Check www.frpat.com for details. Brochures are available at the entrances of Saint Pat's Church as well. Hotels have been chosen and links are at the Web Site. Become a fan of: Ireland 2010 with Fr. Pat Umberger on Facebook. .=: V O L U M E 2 0 1 0 , Number 06-06 :=. .=: T H I S W E E K E N D ' S S C R I P T U R E S :=. The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), Year C. Weekend of 05 and 06 June 2010 .=: R E F L E C T I O N Q U E S T I O N S :-. The Scriptures for this weekend are found here: www.nccbuscc.org/nab "For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes." How do we proclaim the death of the Lord when we receive the Eucharist? "He said to them, "Give them some food yourselves." Why were the disciples reluctant to share the food they had? When are we reluctant to share our gifts? When has our sharing helped us understand how blessed we are? "They all ate and were satisfied." How do we behave when we are not satisfied? What kind of hungers in our lives are hard to feed? In what way can only the Body and Blood of Christ fill those hungers? In what way can those who have little to eat be more satisfied than we? How can our property and our prosperity lead to hunger? How are these Scriptures comforting? Challenging? .=: S P I R I T U A L R E F L E C T I O N :=. "The Body of Christ." Those words can become so familiar to us. We might recall how special they sounded the first time we received Jesus in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist. This is a good weekend for us to take a look at how awesome it really is! When something is very special, we get ready for it. We spend lots of time preparing for Christmas and Easter, for Birthdays and even for summer vacation. We prepare ourselves before we receive the Eucharist for the first time as well. It is inspiring to see the great hunger in our Second Graders as they look forward to that most special day, and the adults in our R.C.I.A. Program as they prepare to receive Jesus as well. May we never forget how awesome it is! The Church tells us that we need to prepare ourselves each time we receive the Eucharist. We should remember that from the moment we wake up. We need to pay attention to the way we treat one another, and even to the food and drink we consume. We are aware that we are not to eat or drink anything for at least one hour before receiving the Eucharist. It can be good to have someone in the family whose job it is to remind everybody when it's time to stop eating and drinking. We shouldn't drink coffee or even chew gum for an hour ahead of time! Our preparation needs to show even in the way we dress for Mass. As a child it was my job to polish the shoes. This was done on Saturday morning, before breakfast. Everybody had Church clothes that included shirts, ties and dress shoes. There was no doubt in our mind that what we were going to do was the most special thing that would happen all week. Because we dressed in a special way, we behaved in a special way, too. And there was no way we could go directly from Church to a picnic without changing clothes. That added to the reverence with which we approached the Eucharist. When we go to Mass we need to bring our best self. What a challenge that is, too. Our kids will help us realize any discrepancy between the way we act at home and the behavior that's consistent with living as a person who loves God. We hear about a higher standard, one that we need to strive to live all week long. As we come forward for Communion, we don't do so unconsciously. We focus on the precious Sacrament we are going to celebrate. We think about how much God loved us in giving us his Son, and how special it is that we can receive the totality of Jesus, Body, Soul and Divinity. How fortunate we are to be able to receive the true Body and Blood of Christ. We bow from the waist before we receive Communion. The Eucharist is not a symbol at all, but the true Body and Blood of Christ himself! We wouldn't think about going back to our seat and letting our mind wander. We wouldn't be so callous to leave Church either, before we've had a chance to thank God for the gift of the Eucharist. That takes time! How confusing it is to children when people are leaving Church right after Communion, or even before the priest has a chance to make his way down the aisle of Church. We wouldn't think of leaving a dinner party right after we at our last bite. Good upbringing means that we nurture the relationship with our host, not just get what we want and get out of there. Then we hear the words, "Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord!" We truly become what we eat, the Body of Christ. As we leave for home we do so to "be" the Body of Christ in our families, at work and school, and with everyone we meet. That needs to be reflected in the kindness of our words, the respect we show for others and the love we share all week long. We don't fight with our brothers and sisters on the way home. We don't talk about our neighbor or speak in judgmental and resentful ways. We try to be patient in the parking lot and when we arrive at home. Some of us have accepted God's call to serve as Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, Mass Servers, Choir Members and Ushers. What a privilege it is to serve at the Table of the Lord. And Jesus is truly present. We need to remember that when we Serve, and take our responsibility seriously. What does Jesus think when we're on the schedule to serve at His table and simply don't show up ... thinking somebody else will probably do it? Jesus is there. It is our privilege to serve faithfully and with great joy. What a great chance we are given this weekend to reflect upon how special receiving the Eucharist really is. This week we can continue to reflect on the way we approach the Eucharist. May we do so with reverence and love, and go in peace "to love and serve the Lord," with much love and enthusiasm. Have a good week! (c)MMX Fr. Pat Umberger. This Spiritual Reflection is found each week at the Web Site www. frpat.com. Feel free to link to this page or reproduce them for parish use as long as this credit remains. __________________________________________________ <TW>This Weekend is free, and comes from: Father Pat Umberger, a priest of the Diocese of La Crosse in Wisconsin U.S.A. 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