Seeking Peace and Joy of Christ

Corpus Christi

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi. In today’s Gospel Jesus said, “I am the Living Bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this Bread will live forever.” (Jn 6:51) In the Holy Eucharist Jesus feeds us with His own Body and Blood.

Each of us come to Church bearing our own personal histories, our own burdens of personal problems, seeking consolation, reconciliation and peace. We hunger and thirst for the Word of God and to be fed with the most Holy Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist. We want to experience the close and intimate parish family of faith here in St. John Neumann through the participation of the Liturgy and sharing of fellowship. We are all here simply seeking the peace and joy of Christ in the Eucharist.

The silence, the symbols, the gestures, the music, and the prayers of our liturgy are all here to unite us. All of us are here forming the Mystical Body of Christ as St. Paul tells us in the 2nd Reading. We are here to be sent out and be Christ's servants in today’s world. The theme for the Archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress this weekend is so relevant, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) May the Holy Eucharist transform us to become the hands and feet of Our Lord through our service.

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers in our parish!

Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS

Pastor, SJN