Thank you for your welcome last weekend. It is a joy to be with you at Christ the King! There are things that are always the same in ever Catholic parish and there are things that are unique to each parish. I am enjoying discovering those things that are unique to Christ the King. Each day I have the opportunity to discover some of those things. I am happy to report that I now know that when the lights go down after Holy Communion, we are not suffering a power outage!
The one thing that is the same at every parish is the Eucharist and the place of the Eucharist in the life of the parish. The Eucharist is, in the beautiful words of the Second Vatican Council, “the source and summit of our lives as Catholic Christians.” Everything we are and everything we do flows from the Eucharist.
We have many wonderful devotions in our Church. Many of these have come to us through the saints down through the ages. I like to think of these devotions as a treasure chest from which we are all free to draw from those that best nurture our spiritual lives.
The Second Vatican Council did not do away with these devotions, but did remind us of the centrality of the Eucharist. The Eucharist is not just one devotion among many devotions. The Eucharist is the one non-negotiable devotion that makes us who we are – Catholics. The Eucharist is, and always must be, front and center in our lives.
For this reason it was a joy to join with the you in the celebrations of the Eucharist last weekend and to see the beautiful way in which Christ the King celebrates the Eucharist. I look forward to drawing strength and life with you from this great Sacrament as we strive in the words of the Second Vatican Council to celebrate the Eucharist with ‘full, active and conscious participation.”
Because of the importance of the Eucharist in our lives, when I meet you at the grocery store or the bank or at a Chatard sporting event, you will, more often than not, hear me say, “See you at Mass!” It’s a beautiful way for us to remind one another of who we are – a people of the Eucharist!
See you at Mass!