Corpus Christi Sunday
FROM THE DESK OF FR. VO
Dear friends in Christ!
May the peace and grace of our Lord be with you always! Today the church celebrates the feast of the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is also known as the solemnity of Corpus Christi. This feast was originated in France in the mid 13th century, and in 1264 the feast was extended to the whole church by Pope Urban IV. On this day, the church celebrates and believes the fact that the Body and Blood of Jesus are truly present in the Eucharist. The Second Vatican Council proclaims that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” In the sacrament of Holy Eucharist, Jesus feeds us with his Body and Blood as
the food that strengthens our body and soul, heals our wounds, and restores us to life. St. Ignatius of Antioch says the body of Christ is the “one bread that provides the medicine of immortality, the antidote for death, and the food that makes us live for ever in Jesus Christ.” When we receive the Eucharist, we must not say it is just a communion bread. It is truly the Body and Blood of Christ, the real presence of Jesus in the form of bread and wine we receive. The Eucharist will help us to break away worldly attachments and sins and to allow us to be more firmly rooted in Christ’s love. Today we give praise and thanks to God for the heavenly food—the Body and Blood of Christ. As we reopen our church for public masses and also for your safety, please be mindful of the new changes that we have to make in order to meet the diocesan guidelines as well as the NY state guidelines. I apologize for the inconvenience that may have caused you upset. The COVID-19 outbreak has changed and brought to a different level of living our lives from this day forward. It will take a while for all of us to get used to the new normal ways of living. No matter what happen in the future we must know that God's love and care for us will never change. God still loves us very much. Thank you very much for your understanding, supports, and all that you have done for Holy Spirit parish community. Have a blessed week and stay healthy! Peace & Blessings, Fr. Quy Vo