June 15, 2009

Time to Party...

By Rusty Montgomery *

By Rusty Montgomery *

I received from the Lord what I handed on to you, namely, that the Lord Jesus on the night on which he was betrayed took bread, and after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper, he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”


May the Lord give you His peace!!


Can I get an AMEN for being Catholic? This past Sunday, the Church celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi, a feast in which we celebrate the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Once again we are reminded of the sacrifice and gift of our Lord on the Cross and in the Eucharist. God loved us so much that He not only sent His Son to die for us, but He humbled Himself to become food for us. This is what we believe and this is what we celebrate.


I once heard a priest say that “there ain’t no party like a Catholic party.” I think it is a great concept as most young people understand the concept of a party. When is the last time you were excited to be Catholic? When is the last time you looked forward to going to Mass and rejoicing in the gifts we have been given as members of the Catholic Church? When is the last time your whole life revolved around practicing your faith instead of just making it another thing to do or group to be a part of? Those questions are good for all of us to answer.


As I was sitting in Mass on Sunday, I couldn’t help but feel renewed and blessed in the gift of being Catholic. We have a treasure that no other church shares with us! There are so many people and churches that have strayed so far from that gift that Christ gave his disciples on the night of the Last Supper, the gift of Himself. What a perfect gift! God knew us so well when He gave us a physical presence of Himself. Think about it - if we didn’t have the Eucharist, the idea of God or concept in our minds would be all we have. But our God knew that would not be enough. In a way that was most natural and necessary for us as humans, He became our very food, the very thing we cannot live without. What a mystery and what a gift! Without feeding our bodies and gaining nourishment, our bodies could not stay healthy and we would die. And God as food comes to nourish us every day, as we have opportunity to receive Him and let Him reign in our very selves. What life! What food!


My prayer for you this week is that you are given the grace to have a renewal of inspiration when it comes to our Lord in the Eucharist. The Church, every year, gives us an opportunity to celebrate our Lord and the gift of His Body and Blood given for us. Also, it gives us the chance to celebrate that gift every day, as we have the opportunity receive Him into our very bodies. Among many other things, this is what sets us apart. The Eucharist is what makes us Catholic, embracing the gift that Jesus gave us the night before He died, the gift of His very Body and Blood given for us to intimately eat and receive.


There truly is no party like a Catholic party…


God Bless You,



Rusty is a seminarian at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, Nebraska and is the co-founder of Live Greater Ministries. The ministry's aim is to invite the youth of the Church into a dialogue about the present culture and how Jesus invites us to a relationship with him, finding true happiness and greater purpose.  More information can be found on their website at www.livegreater.net.


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