Fr. Geary’s Letter, 6-6-2021

Dear Parishioners of St. James:

Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar!

Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, is truly present in the Eucharist.  After the consecration at Holy Mass bread and wine are changed (transubstantiated) into the true Flesh and true Blood of Jesus.  The bread and wine there previously are gone – only their appearances remain.  Therefore, we offer the Body and Blood of Christ to the Father at Holy Mass, we adore the Body and Blood of Christ in the tabernacle or exposed in the monstrance, and we consume the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion. 

The truth of Christ’s Body and Blood present in the Most Blessed Sacrament is a mystery beyond words.  How generous, humble, condescending, merciful, loving, available, patient and intimate Jesus is!  He makes Himself our Food.  He waits for us patiently, how patiently, to visit Him.  He wants us to bask in His holy lightsome Presence to bring healing, peace, courage and perseverance.  Let Him love you.  Let Him draw you close.  Let Him save you.

Do you believe in the Mystery of Faith we celebrate at Holy Mass?  If yes, then act on your faith.  Come to Mass every Sunday to offer yourselves with Jesus to the Father.  Keep Jesus company in church throughout the week.  Go to Confession frequently so as to make more and more worthy receptions of Holy Communion.  May we give eternal glory, praise and thanksgiving for so wondrous a gift:  Jesus Christ truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.

God bless you,

Fr. Geary

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