Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

fr-maro-smallDear Parishioners,

I would like to share with you a reflection I had during one of our daily Masses. The Gospel is about Jesus Christ as the Bread of Life.

Some time ago, after the celebration of the liturgies of Holy Week, I took some days off to be with my brother priests and relax. We were having some beer as we shared about our experiences during the Holy Week. One of us said, “Beer is an unnecessary source of calories. It is a useless drink.” He explained it further but I really did not get what he was saying. I like beer; it relaxes me and I think it is always good to have when having a good time with good friends – everything in moderation of course – whether it’s useless or not; the point really is about the fellowship.

I am the Bread of Life. With those words, Jesus declares that He is the necessary bread – a necessary food and unless we receive Jesus in the Eucharist, we will die. Brothers and sisters, let us always be reminded that Jesus Christ is the bread that can give us eternal life in heaven. As we regularly receive Him in the Eucharist, let us constantly remind ourselves of the faith that we have in Him – faith that leads us to do what He commands us to do.

If we reflect on our lives and on the things that we have, I am sure that we will find so many unnecessary things – now are those things sinful in themselves? Not really. But I hope that we don’t let go of what is truly necessary… and that is Jesus Christ. As we continue to celebrate the Easter Season, let us continue to embrace Jesus in the Eucharist for without Him, we will die and we will not have eternal life in heaven.

In Christ, Fr. Maro