A Sunday Reflection

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C)

One of the first things we try to teach children is to say “please” and “thank you”. The magic words. It is a way of recognizing that we are neither self-sufficient nor entitled. All we have is a gift from God, our loving Father, and we should be grateful.

But many times, while we are quick with the “please”, we forget about the “thank you”. Such is the case with the ten lepers in today’s gospel. They are quick to beg: “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us” (Lk 17:13). But once their prayer is heard, nine of them go on their way while only one returns to thank the Lord for his mercy.

The Father is lavish with his gifts: life, sustenance, family, friends, a job, the freedom to worship him. The list goes on and on. Do we remember to thank him for all we have received? Do we come back glorifying him like the Samaritan? Or are we like the other nine? Think about it… God bless you!

Fr. Luis R. Largaespada

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Around the Parish

Emmaus Men held a bake sale to raise funds for their upcoming retreat.

Members of the RCIA team attended a training session at the Archdiocesan Center.

Matrimonios en Victoria took part in a tour of the church conducted by Juan Alayo.

The church was filled to capacity at the Made for More event.

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Is this really Jesus? Finding Christ in the Eucharist

ONE REASON SO FEW PEOPLE today believe what the Church teaches about the Eucharist is that the teaching is so shocking: After consecration, the host at Mass isn’t bread; it is Jesus Christ himself. He just looks like bread. Really?

Really. Here’s how the Catechism puts it: “In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist ‘the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained’” (1374).

Christians have always believed in the Real Presence. And it has always been shocking. Jesus taught the doctrine most clearly in the sixth chapter of John, and already there was a scandalized reaction. The gospel tells us some of his disciples would no longer walk with him.

But through the years, the Real Presence has been an important part of Christian spirituality. To this day, most Christians worldwide believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

There are a little more than 2 billion Christians in the world. Half of those, about 1 billion, are Catholics (of those, only 7% are in the United States). Another 12% of the world’s Christians are Orthodox Christians who also believe in the Real Presence. That means more than 3 of every 5 Christians belongs to a Church that believes in the Real Presence. It’s no wonder. When Jesus says we are saved by his blood, he doesn’t mean that we are “saved” by his “blood” — he means his real blood really gives us eternal life. Where do we find it? In the Eucharist.

Tom Hoopes, Is This really Jesus? A primer on Christ in the Eucharist aleteia.org, August 19, 2019. With permission.

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