John Predmore, S.J., is a Northeast Province Jesuit and was the pastor of Jordan's English language parish. He studies art and directs BC High's adult spiritual formation programs. Formerly a retreat director in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Ignatian Spirituality is given through guided meditations, weekend-, 8-day, and 30-day Retreats based on The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Ignatian Spirituality serves the contemporary world as people strive to develop a friendship with God.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The Body and Blood of Jesus Christ
The Body and Blood of Christ
June 18, 2017
14-16:; Psalm 147; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; John 6:51-58
By faith, the
Body and Blood of Christ are real food and drink for Catholics. John’s Gospel is
clear that the followers of Jesus are to consume him if they are to have any
part in his life. This is sustaining food, not merely a symbol, and it is the
unifying power in Catholic worship because we believe it is the Lord Jesus
nourishing us with his life as he relives his last night in Jerusalem.
Eucharist brings us into communion with one another, we have painful ways in
which the Christian community remains apart, as we reflect upon the 500th
anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Pope Francis is working hard at
bringing the major Christian Churches together, - the Anglicans, Lutherans, and
the Orthodox churches, and the Eucharist is a reminder that we still sit at
different tables of belief. A feast that brings believers together reminds us
that we long to become even more unified.
Catholics and Protestants have not reflected upon our similarities and differences
with a discerning heart. We strive to be united because it is what the Lord
wants for us, but we respect that our sets of belief are not in communion with
each other. So, even though a Catholic may fully believe that the Lord is
present in the Eucharist of a Lutheran mass, he or she has to reflect upon what
receiving their sacrament means, not only for him or her, but for the larger community.
It is not all about what a particular person wants or what feels good and
right. It is about the community around the person that gathers for worship and
what it means to the larger community of faith.
Our goal is
unity, and we know that community takes a long time to build. We have to be
patient about what develops silently and slowly. As one who is in a Catholic
Eucharistic community, that person may not feel like much of anything happens
to him or her when attending a single mass, but when receiving communion week
after week and month after month with people who believe likewise, the person becomes
changed – by the Eucharist and by the community. It is never just between you and
the Lord; it is always about you, the Lord, and your local and larger church
day I was visiting the nursing home where my mother lives. After praying with
her friend and receiving communion, my mother teared up. A non-verbal woman
came with a tissue to wipe her tears away and to stroke her hand. Then another
woman wheeled over to her and just smiled and they grabbed each other’s arms. Another
woman lay back in her chair and just smiled at my mother causing my mother to
smile back. The tears dried up and love permeated the room through simply
gestures. This small community of grace understands the Eucharist because they
understand that one of their community is in need, and they simply reach out in
himself to us in love through these actions. He wants us to be a part of him
and he offers us his Body and Blood as a physical way of remaining strongly
connected. St. Paul tells us that the loaf of bread is one, and we, though
many, are one body, for we partake of the one loaf. So, it seems that we are to
focus on those gestures of unity among us, rather than looking at what keeps us
from union, and it comes through the way we offer hospitality.
mass I celebrate, I want everyone to come forward, regardless of their faith
tradition, so they can receive a blessing from the Lord. In no way do I want
any person to feel awkward or separated because even though we worship at
separate tables, we can pray together. Come forward. I want to touch the
outreached hand of the person who is in need. I want to listen and understand.
I want to share with them the love of Jesus Christ because that is all I have
for Daily Mass
(2 Corinthians) Do not receive the grace of God in vain. Cause no one to
stumble; rather, commend ourselves as ministers of the Lord. Behold, now is the
time of salvation.
(2 Corinthians) Grace was given the churches of Macedonia in their severe test
of affliction. They responded in generosity and joy. They excelled in the faith
in every respect.
(2 Corinthians) Whoever sows bountifully, reaps bountifully. God loves a
cheerful giver and is able to make every grace abundant for you.
(2 Corinthians) Paul is afraid their thoughts have become corrupted from a
sincere and pure commitment to Christ. Be cautious of those who preach a
different Jesus Christ than the one I taught you.
(Deuteronomy 7) You are a people sacred to the Lord; he has chosen you to be a
people peculiarly his own. The Lord set his heart upon you and chose you.
(Isaiah 49) The Lord called me from birth, from my mother’s womb. I will make
you a light to the nations; my salvation shall reach the ends of the earth.
(Matthew 5) They say, “offer an eye for an eye,” but offer no resistance for
one who is evil. Give to the one who asks of you and do not turn your back on
(Matthew 5) They say, “love your neighbor and hate your enemy,” but love your
enemy as you love yourself. Be perfect as God is perfect.
(Matthew 6) Do not perform righteous deeds in order that others may see
them.What you do in secret, will be
seen by God in secret.
(Matthew 6) When praying, do not babble like the pagans. When you pray, say,
“Our Father, who is in heaven.”
(1 John 4) Jesus takes the commandments and gives them a strict interpretation.
For instance, adultery is more than a clinical act; it even includes silent
(Luke 1) When Elizabeth’s son was born, it came time to name the boy. The
townsfolk thought he would be named Zechariah, but he said, “His name is John.”
Saints of the Week
June 19: Romuald, abbot (950-1027), was born into a family of dukes from
Ravenna and became known for founding the Camaldolese Benedictine order that
combined the solitary life of hermits into a monastic community life. He founded
other hermitages and monasteries throughout Italy.
June 21: Aloysius Gonzaga, S.J., priest (1568-1591), gave up a great
inheritance to join the Jesuits in 1585 in his dreams of going to the missions.
However, when a plague hit Rome, Gonzaga served the sick and dying in hospitals
where he contracted the plague and died within three months. He is a patron
saint of youth.
June 22: Paulinus of Nola, bishop (353-431) was a prominent lawyer who
married a Spaniard and was baptized. Their infant son died while in Spain. He
became a priest and was sent to Nola, near Naples, where he lived a
semi-monastic life and helped the poor and pilgrims.
June 22: John Fisher, bishop and martyr (1469-1535) taught theology at
Cambridge University and became the University Chancellor and bishop of
Rochester. Fisher defended the queen against Henry VIII who wanted the marriage
annulled. Fisher refused to sign the Act of Succession. When the Pope made
Fisher a cardinal, the angry king beheaded him.
June 22: Thomas More, martyr (1478-1535) was a gifted lawyer, Member of
Parliament, scholar, and public official. He was reluctant to serve Cardinal
Woolsey at court and he resigned after he opposed the king’s Act of Succession,
which would allow him to divorce his wife. He was imprisoned and eventually
Friday: The Sacred Heart of Jesus is set on the Friday following Corpus
Christi. The heart of Jesus is adored as a symbol of divine, spiritual, and
human love. Its devotion grew during the Middle Ages and was transformed in the
17th century when Mary Margaret Alocoque and her Jesuit spiritual director,
Claude La Colombiere, reinvigorated the devotion.
Saturday: The Immaculate Heart of Mary began as a devotion in the 17th
century. In 1944, the feast was extended to the Western Church. Her heart
signifies her sanctity and love as the Mother of God.
June 24: Nativity of John the Baptist (first century) was celebrated on June
24th to remind us that he was six months older than Jesus, according
to Luke. This day also serves to remind us that, as Christ is the light of the
world, John must decrease just as the daylight diminishes. John’s birth is told
by Luke. He was the son of the mature Elizabeth and the dumbstruck Zechariah.
When John was named, Zechariah’s tongue was loosened and he sang the great
This Week in Jesuit History
·Jun 18, 1804. Fr. John Roothan, a future general
of the Society, left his native Holland at the age of seventeen to join the
Society in White Russia.
·Jun 19, 1558. Fr. Lainez, the Vicar General,
summoned the opening of the First General Congregation, nearly two years after
the death of Ignatius. Some trouble arose from the fact that Fr. Bobadilla
thought himself entitled to some share in the governance. Pope Paul IV ordered
that the Institute of the Society should be strictly adhered to.
·Jun 20, 1626. The martyrdom in Nagasaki, Japan,
of Blesseds Francis Pacheco, John Baptist Zola, Vincent Caun, Balthasar De
Torres, Michael Tozo, Gaspar Sadamatzu, John Kinsaco, Paul Xinsuki, and Peter
·Jun 21, 1591. The death of St Aloysius Gonzaga,
who died from the plague, which he caught while attending the sick.
·Jun 22, 1611. The first arrival of the Jesuit
fathers in Canada, sent there at the request of Henry IV of France.
·Jun 23, 1967. Saint Louis University's Board of
Trustees gathered at Fordyce House for the first meeting of the expanded Board
of Trustees. SLU was the first Catholic university to establish a Board of
Trustees with a majority of lay members.
Jun 24, 1537. Ignatius, Francis Xavier, and five of the companions were
ordained priests in Venice, Italy.