Corpus Domini 2016

Corpus Christi

(Genesis 14:18-20; Psalm 109:1-4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Luke 9:11-17)

From the first reading we see this ancient man called Melchizedek king of Salem. He is a teaching figure in the bible otherwise he never existed. He was a priest as we learn from the psalmist. He is called the king of peace. Abraham brought the offertory of bread and wine and Melchizedek blessed them. He also blessed Abraham. What we are celebrating today is our offertory which we present to God and something happen that they are no longer what we see but something else. They are transformed, transubstantiated. If we eat and drink them, we are supposed to be transformed.

The second reading is Pauline teaching on the institution of the Eucharist. He narrates how Jesus took the bread and the wine and turned them into his body and blood. He commanded his disciples to do this in his memory.

There are many people who don’t believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and unfortunately even among us who have the experience of the Eucharistic miracle of Bolsena. I pray that the same miracle may be repeated today to increase our faith.

In the Gospel, we see the multiplication of bread and fish. Some people deny this saying that people were challenged by the young boy who offered  his five loaves of bread and two fish then all started removing what they had and they had enough even to feed those who did not have.  Whatever the case, it was a miracle.

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Jesus is present in our church in many ways. He is present in the person of the priest, he is present as the altar, he is present at the ambo speaking to us. He is present in the community of believers (where two or three meet together in my name I will be there). And above all, He is really and truly present in the tabernacle as the Most Holy Sacrament.

When passing near these places where we have Christ, it is good to respect the. To genuflect to Christ when we pass near the tabernacle, and to bow on all the other things that signify his presence. During Consecration, we are supposed to kneel unless we are sick. Then not looking down but looking at Christ coming to us. The great elevation is for us to see. But if we are looking down to whom is the priest showing. We normally see the priest. Many years ago, people used to bow while passing near a church or a cemetery. At Midday when people hear the church bell used to stop what they are doing and pray the angelus. This tradition has died. Who killed it? It is me and you. Let us today renew our respect to the blessed sacrament. It is not good to receive the communion with dirty hands. It is not good to receive communion with your hands in the pocket. It is not respect to receive communion when we have not prepared well. It is not respect to make noise in the church.

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Then what are we supposed to do after communion? We are supposed to give thanks to Jesus who has accepted to enter into our hearts. But there are many people who do nothing. Let us today renew our respect to the Most blessed Sacrament.

Sia Lodato Gesu Christo

Catholic Bishops of Kenya on the State of the Nation

Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
– Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
You have redeemed us, Lord God of truth.

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– Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
– Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.

OFFICE OF THE READING

The Moral Reflections on Job by Pope St Gregory the Great
If we receive good from the hand of God, why should we not also receive evil?
Paul saw the riches of wisdom within himself though he himself was outwardly a corruptible body, which is why he says We have this treasure in earthen vessels. In Job, then, the earthenware vessel felt his gaping sores externally; while this interior treasure remained unchanged. Outwardly he had gaping wounds but that did not stop the treasure of wisdom within him from welling up and uttering these holy and instructive words: If we have received good at the hand of the Lord, shall we not receive evil? By the good he means the good things given by God, both temporal and eternal; by evil he means the blows he is suffering from in the present. Of those evils the Lord says, through the prophet Isaiah,
I am the Lord, unrivalled,
I form the light and create the dark.
I make good fortune and create calamity,
it is I, the Lord, who do all this.
I form the light, and create the dark, because when the darkness of pain is created by blows from without, the light of the mind is kindled by instruction within.
I make good fortune and create calamity, because when we wrongly covet things which it was right for God to create, they are turned into scourges and we see them as evil. We have been alienated from God by sin, and it is fitting that we should be brought back to peace with him by the scourge. As every being, which was created good, turns to pain for us, the mind of the chastened man may, in its humbled state, be made new in peace with the Creator.
We should especially notice the skilful turn of reflection he uses when he gathers himself up to meet the persuading of his wife, when he says If we have received good at the hand of the Lord, shall we not receive evil? It is a great consolation to us if, when we suffer afflictions, we recall to remembrance our Maker’s gifts to us. Painful things will not depress us if we quickly remember also the gifts that we have been given. As Scripture says, In the day of prosperity do not forget affliction, and in the day of affliction, do not forget prosperity.
Whoever, in the moment of receiving God’s gifts but forgets to fear possible affliction, will be brought low by his presumption. Equally, whoever in the moment of suffering fails to take comfort from the gifts which it has been his lot to receive, is thrown down from the steadfastness of his mind and despairs.
The two must be united so that each may always have the other’s support, so that both remembrance of the gift may moderate the pain of the blow and fear of the blow may moderate exuberance at receiving the gift. Thus the holy man, to soothe the depression of his mind amidst his wounds, weighs the sweetness of the gifts against the pains of affliction, saying If we have received good at the hand of the Lord, shall we not receive evil?

The Pastor’s Ass

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The pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won.

The pastor was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the Race again, and it won again.

The local paper read:

PASTOR’S ASS OUT FRONT.

The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the pastor not to enter the donkey in another race.

The next day, the local paper headline read: BISHOP SCRATCHES PASTOR’S ASS.

This was too much for the bishop, so he ordered the pastor to get rid of the donkey.

The pastor decided to give it to a nun in a nearby convent.

The local paper, hearing of the news, posted the following headline the next day:

NUN HAS BEST ASS IN TOWN.

The bishop fainted.

He informed the nun that she would have to get rid of the donkey, so she sold it to a farmer for $10.

The next day the paper read:

NUN SELLS ASS FOR $10.

This was too much for the bishop, so he ordered the nun to buy back the donkey and lead it to the plains where it could run wild.

The next day the headlines read:

NUN ANNOUNCES HER ASS IS WILD AND FREE.

The bishop was buried the next day.

The moral of the story is . . . being concerned about public opinion can bring you much grief and misery . even shorten your life.

So be yourself and enjoy life.

Stop worrying about everyone else’s ass and you’ll be a lot happier and live longer

Risk

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To be born is to risk living.
To marry is to risk to put up with one another’s incompleteness.
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach outfox another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To sleep is to risk dreaming.
To place your ideas, your dreams, before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
To be rich is to risk being poor.
To climb is to risk falling.
To swim is to risk drowning.
But risks must be taken, because the greatest
hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has
nothing, and is nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they
cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, or live.
Chained by their attitudes, they are slaves,
they have forfeited their freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.
But we have to risk.