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6/23/19 Corpus Christi - Deacon Tony

Deacon Tony Conti

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Lectionary: 169

  • We come here to Our Father’s House to show our love for a God Who does not demand sacrifice… Who does not demand our worship… but rather; Who pleads for us to remember the example of His Son...
  • Twice in our second reading St. Paul tells us that Jesus proclaims... “... Do this in remembrance of Me.”
  • What does it mean to “Remember” Jesus?
  • As Christians we’re called to “remember” the example of Jesus’ life and teachings in our daily lives… and to allow His life and teachings to form our core values
  • To “remember” is to look at every situation from Jesus’ perspective – and to re-evaluate our positions based upon our core values...
  • To “remember” is to decide what we’re willing to do and what we’re not willing to do based upon those core values...
  • To “remember” is to be willing to split from the crowd in order to remain true to what we know to be right and just…
  • We “remember” by being open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit ALWAYS... which requires our cooperation, more than our effort...
  • We can’t “Will” ourselves to become more Christ-like... We can only do so – By choosing to cooperate with God’s Grace in our lives...
  • To “remember” Christ requires a heart open to mystery, a hunger and thirst for meaning and purpose in our lives, and a desire to be more than we are today...
  • We must never lose our sense of mystery – Our sense of unknowing – Because it’s in the midst of our unknowing that we find God... and it’s in the midst of this unknowing that God speaks to us…
  • Our faith in the mystery that is Christ in the Eucharist, is not merely about acknowledging the reality of sin, but even more, about acknowledging the hope and the reality of our redemption...
  • True peace is found in freely accepting our redemption in Christ and choosing to live as forgiven sons and daughters…
  • We all long deep in our hearts to grasp the meaning of our lives... To grasp the mystery that is God...
  • We often search for a lifetime, only to realize that the mystery is not meant to be solved – It’s meant to be lived in faith & in trust...
  • Such is the mystery of the Body and Blood of Christ...
  • We often blindly move forward in life believing that we know what we want and what we need... mistakenly thinking that we know what’s best for us... and when we do this we leave God behind...
  • What will it take for us to trust that we’re already on the right road... that God is already guiding us in the direction our lives must take to fulfill our destiny?  
  • What will it take for us to trust that God wants only the best for us, and will lead us along the right path despite our insistence on going our own way?  
  • What will it take for us to trust that God loves us more than we love ourselves?
  • The mystery that is life, the mystery that is God, the mystery that is the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist, cannot be defined and neatly stuffed into a box that we can label and no longer need to ponder...
  • When we remember Jesus, we must also remember what He stood for
  • Jesus didn’t fit the “mold” of His society – And neither should we
  • He sought out those whom society had conveniently written off as “expendable”...
  • He associated with the downtrodden, and embraced all of humanity
  • This made Him a scandal to the religious and social elite of His day...
  • We’re all called to embrace and to become the scandal that is Christ, in our own day...
  • We must learn to meet people where they are, without judging...
  • We must learn to re-think our lives, and to broaden our perspectives...
  • Like Jesus, we must be ready to associate with the marginalized and scandalized in our society...
  • We must in essence - Become comfortable dining with sinners... For we are all sinners in one form or another...
  • These are some of the things that Jesus asks of us when He says: “Do this in remembrance of Me.”...
  • As we celebrate this Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, we’re reminded that: We become what we consume...
  • If we constantly feed ourselves on the worst of humanity – War, Violence, Promiscuity, Hatred, Jealousy - How can we expect to have a healthy and balanced outlook on life?
  • None of this means that we’re to stick our heads in the sand and pretend that all is right with the world – But neither are we to immerse our senses in those things that can distract us from seeing Christ in the world, and in others... 
  • When we fail to “remember” what Christ’s life, death, and resurrection taught us, and fail to receive Him in the mystery that is the Eucharist – We can easily be absorbed into the doom and gloom that the world is selling...
  • At the end of the day - If we’re not convinced of the ultimate good of this world – Then how can we be convinced of the ultimate good of God Who created it?
  • Someone once wrote: “This is the mystery of the Christian life: to receive a new self, a new identity, which depends not on what we can achieve, but on what we are willing to receive...  In and through Christ we receive a new identity that enables us to say: I am not the esteem I can collect through competition, but the love I have freely received from God.”... Through union with Him, we are lifted out of our competitiveness with each other, into Divine Wholeness.” (Compassion – A Reflection on the Christian Life, Pgs. 20-21).
  • The mystery of Christ in the Eucharist draws each of us closer to this Divine Wholeness... one day at a time...
  • And thus – At Jesus’ command – We’re called to “remember…” so that we may one day become the Eucharist that we receive

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