Corpus Christi 2013

VENERABLE Brethren and members of the Patriarchal household, greetings and Apostolic blessings on this Feast of Corpus Christi in the two thousand and thirteenth year of the Incarnation of our Lord. During this time we celebrate and experience the mysteries of the Sacred Body of Christ. This feast comes just after the start of Trinity season. How fitting that after the Paschal season that we pause to contemplate, to worship, and to adore the very Body that conquered the grave, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven. It is a fitting reminder that our Lord is still with us, though His Body has ascended. Indeed, before the Passion, Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist so that, through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Eucharistic adoration, we have the means to experience and to be-come one with our Lord.

  Through the Blessed Sacrament, our Lord has been with mankind for over two thousand years since His Ascension. Mankind has had the option to accept Him and to allow Him into their souls. Some have taken this opportunity. Many still, after all this time, still reject our Lord. There is still much suffering in the world because people have not allowed Christ into their hearts and into their souls.

  How saddened we are at our continued need to preach of the great lack of respect for human life in the world today. Yet as long as that need remains, as long as people in the world refuse stubbornly to respect life, we will continue to preach and to work for conversion. God rejoices greatly at the conversion of the wicked, and thus that must be our mission, remembering always that we are sinners merely used as His instruments.

  Also, the faithful must not become despondent by the negative things in the world. To allow these negative events to bring us down merely makes us less effective in our mission. Instead, while never, ever being blind to the evil in the world, always strive to maintain a positive spirit. Always remain focused on our Lord and the great mission He has given His Holy Church. Mission, charity, and service. This is the mandate given to us. This is the purpose we serve in the Name of Christ.

  Now, may the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit come upon you and remain with you always. R. Amen.


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