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The Most Holy Body And Blood Of Christ

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. In his homily for this celebration, Pope Benedict XVI warned of “insidious secularization, even inside the Church which could translate into a formal but empty Eucharistic worship, in celebrations lacking that involvement of the heart which finds expression in veneration and respect for the liturgy.” He further cautioned that “There is always a strong temptation to reduce prayer to superficial and hurried moments, allowing ourselves to be overcome by earthly activities and concerns.” The Holy Father reminded us that in the Eucharist, “Heaven comes down to earth, God’s tomorrow descends into the present moment and time is, as it were, embraced by divine eternity.”

How many times have each of us been at Mass physically, while our thoughts are elsewhere? It’s so easy to get caught up in planning the rest of our day while we’re sitting at Mass. Jesus understands the weakness of human nature and won’t hold it against us, but He we would be really happy if we’d fight against this temptation. In honor of this holy feast, I plan to spend some time reflecting on Pope Benedict’s words. Is my participation in the Mass becoming too superficial? Do I allow myself to be “overcome by earthly activities and concerns”?
How about you?

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