Parish Focus on the Eucharist

Eucharistic theme -  Ordinary time 2024   -  Called to be One in Christ

 “Who are my mother and my brothers?”  Jesus raised this question early in His ministry; it is also our question.   “Who are my brothers?  Who are my sisters?”

This is such a critical question in our times.   Animosity, suspicion, distrust are common markers of relationships in our world, in our county, often in our Church, and sometimes in our families.   Jesus challenges this closed and fearful pattern.   He confronts us.   He also provides the way forward.

The pathway is Jesus Himself.   We cannot break down the walls and build unity on our own.  St. Paul reminds us of that when he speaks of his own weaknesses and then hears Christ’s words, “My grace is sufficient for you.”    His grace is sufficient for us to begin to sense the unfathomable love that our Father, our Abba, has for all his children.    His grace, not our doing, enables us to overcome barriers and become one with all.

His grace is sufficient for us each time we celebrate the Eucharist.  In this great mystery of love, we hand ourselves over; we hand over our inability to see clearly, our lack of courage.   Giving ourselves to Christ in our weakness is what it means to be “In Christ.”   In Christ we are transformed, and we enter into Jesus’ final prayer that “all might be one.”


Bishop John Noonan invited all to the Eucharistic Pilgrimage, The Gift of Sacred Mystery. The event welcomed three laudable speakers touching on the topics of Communion (Father Brian Campbell), Participation (Sister Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN), and Mission (Dr. Rosemary Laird, MD, MHSA).

The Eucharistic theme for this season of Ordinary Time gives hope to a waiting world and to us:

Called to be One in Christ.


Eucharist Prayer

Heavenly Father,
At our wondrous birth,
You invite us to be a
part of Your body.

We praise You
for Your Gift of
the Bread from Heaven
divine in Your Son, Jesus.

At Your table, You offer us
to take and eat the Eucharist,
to receive Jesus
in the depth of our soul.

Your prescient love
fills the longing of our heart
and we journey in hope –
strangers no longer.

In this sacred mystery,
You call us to
to do for others
as You have done.

Transfigured by Your holy Spirit
we promise to be Your Eucharist
to one another that all will know You
until the end of the age.

Amen.

 


Read Bishop Noonan’s Pastoral Letter, The Eucharist: God Among Us HERE.

Learn more about the National Eucharistic Revival and how you can get involved here.