When I arrive home late from ministry during the weekdays, after a late dinner, I sometimes watch the history channel on cable. One of the programs that get a lot of airtime is American Pickers. I’m always fascinated by how much value the show’s stars see in what most people would refer to as “junk.” The whole program is geared toward rescue and repurposing what some people discard and others have collected. In a different yet similar way, Jesus joined his disciples for the traditional Holy Day Celebration of Passover. This feast was a fundamental identity feast for each and every Jew. It reaffirmed the history of the chosen people and how God worked miracles in the past to nurture and care for them. Jesus than, at the “last supper” takes the celebration and “repurposes” it into a memorial meal of His own upcoming sacrifice. By His words over the bread and over the cup, so skillfully recorded by St. Paul in 1st Corinthians 11, Jesus forever changes the way his disciples will ever celebrate Passover again and will leave for us who will follow an incredible feast of our own identity. In Genesis, Abram is blessed by this mysterious priest called Melchizedek who praises God for Abrams accomplishments and offers him gifts of bread and wine. In a similar way our eternal high priest Jesus, praises God for our faith in Him and offers us gifts of bread and wine however changed forever into his own Body and Blood. As Jesus multiples the loaves and fishes to satisfy the hunger of the crowd who followed him, so too does Jesus again satisfy our hunger for His presence with His own Body and Blood in Church assemblies around the whole world. Today we celebrate the gift Jesus has left us in His Body and Blood and as St. Augustine taught, we pray we may…… “receive what we are and become more what we receive.”
FR. MARK ITUA will be out of town from Tuesday, May 31st for six weeks to complete an academic course necessary for a master’s degree program that he began when he entered the USA. We wish him safe travels and success in his studies.
REST IN PEACE is our prayer for Alphonse Pitisi who passed this week. Our prayerful support is especially with Judy, Andrew and their whole family at this time of loss. “May the Angels lead you into paradise and the martyrs come to greet you and take you to the new and eternal Jerusalem.”
Sister Parish News:
GOSPEL MUSIC WORKSHOP OF AMERICA YOUTH CHAPTER will be observing their annual concert on Saturday, June 4th beginning at 6:00PM at St. Martin de Porres, 555 Northampton Street, Buffalo, NY. Come join the youth of our community in an evening of Praise and Worship of our Living God.