Friday, April 10, 2015

Breaking of the Bread: Daily Mass Homily--Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 (School Mass)

(Listen to this homily here).

            This weekend we celebrated the great Holy Triduum—the three days—and Easter.  This is where we pray through Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection.
            One of my highlights was confirming someone for the first time.  As part of the Easter Vigil, I got to confirm four adults into our faith!  Two of them are here this morning!  As part of this liturgy, these individuals were able to receive Jesus’ Body and Blood in the Eucharist for the first time.  They are here today to receive their second communion—and this is as important as their first.
            After Jesus rose from the dead he traveled with two disciples on the road to Emmaus.  Along the way he explained the Bible to them and then broke bread.  Where else do we learn from the Scriptures and break bread?  Right here!
            After Jesus broke the bread, something amazing happened—Jesus disappeared!  Well, he vanished physically, but he was still there…in the bread! 
            Jesus left us with the Eucharist, a sacrament which we can receive every day if we wish.  Our second graders our preparing for their first communion in a couple of months and we have the privilege of being with two new Catholics this morning.
            In gratitude to God for all the blessings He gives us, let us continue our Mass and offer our prayers to God.

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