17 Jun 2017

This Week Letter – June 18, 2017

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Dear Parishioners and Friends.

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent Me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on Me will have life because of Me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever” Jn 6: 53-58
The celebration of the Body and Blood of Christ shows great worship of God, for His gift of the Eucharistic presence of the Son of God in the Church. We are invited to live in close intimacy with God: “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in me and I in him. (Jn 6: 56). And even more than once, like contemporary listeners of Jesus, we must struggle with the barrage of our unbelief, by the gift of this unique and real presence of Jesus, the prospect of union with God, whom we shall experience only when He resurrects us on the Last Day. Let us ask Jesus for a deep faith, and with the Church let us worship and give Him due praise.
Jesus Christ is actually present among us under the Eucharistic species of Bread and Wine. He is the Living Bread who gives life to anyone who accepts Him. In the discussion with the Jews, Jesus says that this is not merely ordinary food, but spiritual nourishment, which not only strengthens the external forces of man, but above all protects him from eternal death. Living for ever with God means being united with Him .
The Lord Jesus gives us our Body and Blood to deliver us from the yoke of sin and bring us salvation. “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is My flesh for the life of the world.””(Jn 6:51). In each of us there is a deep desire to live the fullness of life. What is this “fullness of life”? Christ tells us that the life He speaks about is very different from the one in which we now share. To live eternally in God means to live the fullness of life, the fullness of humanity; It means being happy, free of worries and sins, which even the longest life on earth can make unbearable. To live a full life means to share in the very source of life that He Himself is.
With all my heart I thank the dear ladies who sell donuts in the Hall of Father Borowczyk: Zofia Zegar, Maria Reczek, Krystyna Majka and Janina Piotrowska. Their work and commitment are invaluable. They have been doing so with great passion for many years as parish volunteers. The proceeds were donated to the parish fund of $ 18,000.00 for the installation of a new telephone/internet system in the school, rectory, parish hall and church. The old one unfortunately has ceased to function. God bless all who buy these food items because thanks to you, our telephone system works as it should.
God bless!