June 7, 2015 - Corpus Christi, Year B
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
There were many people who had a role to play in preparing for the Passover meal Jesus shared with his disciples.
There was the man carrying a water jar. Men never carried water jars. That was the woman's responsibility. So why was this man carrying the water jar? Was it a secret signal for the disciples so as not to attract too much attention.
There were the two disciples who went to find the man. There were the people in the man's house who had prepared the upper room. That was the one who purchased the lamb. There was the one who slit the lamb’s throat. There were the ones who prepared and cooked the entire Passover meal.
The Passover meal takes place in a large upper room. Were only the 12 disciples in attendance or were the other followers of Jesus also there? We don't know the answer to that question.
Maybe all who participated in preparing for the meal also shared in it with the Twelve seated closest to the Lord at the meal.
Either way many people played a part to make the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples happen.
It's the same in our society. We need food for our bodies. Think of all of the people who play a part in putting food on our tables. It's only made possible by many different folks working together.
We'd like to think we can do it all by ourselves. But, the truth is, we need the community. We don't all live on self-sustaining farms.
Many have to play a part to make the work of feeding us all possible. And when we work together things are so much better for all of us.
It's the same with our spiritual lives. We need to feed and nourish our spiritual selves. This is made possible by the entire community of faith working together. I cannot do it by myself, nor does the church expect me to. We all have a role to play to make our spiritual lives richer.
Last Tuesday evening Bishop Jarrell joined us as we rededicated this sacred church building to the Lord. He was very complimentary of the good work we have accomplished here.
There were some 60 or more volunteers from this church parish who worked hard to make last Tuesday happened, to make it such a wonderful spiritually uplifting events for all of us.
Just like the Last Supper with Jesus, there are so many of you who work so hard and so tirelessly behind the scenes so that what happens here can continue.
And what happens here? Quite simply: the Last Supper. We take the gifts of bread and wine and they become the body and blood, soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He gives us his entire self, his entire being is nourishment as food for our pilgrim’s journey.
Many in our society today think they can take care of their spiritual needs alone. It’s just them and Jesus. Some are successful, many are not.
We benefit greatly from the meal we share here today: the Sacred Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, given that we might live.