Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, given to us to be our food and drink. The Gospel that we have today foreshadows the gift of the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ. Jesus first speaks to the crowd, and then feeds them with the bread and fish. It is the same in the celebration of the Eucharist: Jesus speaks to us through the readings and gives us himself in the form of bread and wine. The same Jesus comes to us in his word and the Eucharistic bread.

Jesus associates his disciples in the distribution of the food to the crowd. Today he wants us also to be associated with him in bringing his body and blood to people as their nourishment for eternal life. This is why one of my favorite Christian songs is the song “Now We Remain” by David Haas. I like it because it expresses our oneness with our Lord as bread and wine – food for the hungry and life for the weary. Jesus will always provide for the needs of His people, most especially in the Eucharist. But we have to allow ourselves to become instruments for that purpose. Let us not be tired of sharing with others the love that we experience from God in the celebration of the Eucharistic feast.

And as we share with them that love, let us bring them to be with us in our community of faith so that they too may have with them the most holy Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ that we receive in the Eucharist.

In Christ,
Fr. Maro