#MyMassTakeaway: Corpus Christi

Today’s the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.

Find the Mass Readings here: Solemnity of Corpus Christi, June 3, 2018

My takeaway:


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The life of a military BRAT requires sacrifice and change. Every few years, military families move, requiring the children in those families to say rounds of good-byes to their friends, their neighbors, and their communities. For our family, this includes our Catholic chapel community. . . Our chaplain has already left our Catholic community as he prepares for his next duty station. Today, as we prepared to head to the front of the chapel for Communion, my son pulled me aside and asked where our chaplain was – the look on his face crushed my heart, as I explained our chaplain’s absence. . . My son has said goodbye to his school, goodbye to his best friend, and realized today that he said his goodbye to our chaplain – all in the past week and a half. Today, it sunk in to his little heart. . . And, yet, I breathed a sigh of relief. Because thankfully, our family has a constant. While he might fight me to head to church every week, we have a built-in source of constant for our family: receiving Christ in the Eucharist. Gathering together, even among strangers or new communities every couple years, we receive the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. . . On this Feast of Corpus Christi, I give thanks for the one constant in this military family’s life – as we look ahead to the change on our horizon. . . #catholicmom #catholicsonline #catholicsofinstagram #militarycatholic #momblogger #transitions #adventuretime #newbeginnings #faith #feastofcorpuschristi #mymasstakeaway w/ @tojesussincerely

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This morning, my priest shared a story about a young man who would come home on Sunday mornings, worn out from a night of partying, to see his elderly neighbor walking down the steep hill to attend Mass. He would sort of smirk to himself: here he was ready to crash after a great night, and there she was, up at dawn, headed out to a boring church service. One day, it snowed and the streets were terribly icy, and as he was headed toward his home at the base of that hill, he thought, One thing’s certain: that little old lady isn’t going to make it down the hill to church today. But when he got to the hill, he was amazed to see her, crawling carefully down on her hands and knees in the grass at the edge of the road toward the church. That morning, instead of falling into bed, the man sat at his kitchen table with a cup of coffee, thinking. What was inside that church that would make his neighbor crawl on her knees down an icy hill to find it? The answer, of course, is Jesus. In the Eucharist, we literally have God physically present among us: our Lord and Savior, our lover and best friend. It takes my breath away. *He* takes my breath away. I spent a lot of time reflecting on today’s psalm. How shall I make a return to the LORD for all the good he has done for me? the psalmist asks. The response? “To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving, and I will call upon the name of the LORD.” Sacrifice of thanksgiving. In the Greek: eucharisteo. Sacrifice of the Eucharist. This is how we thank Christ for all he’s done for us, all he’s been to us: we offer him up again in the Eucharistic sacrifice of the Mass, we adore him in the Eucharist—because there is no other thanks that is worthy of what he’s done. He is the perfect sacrifice. He is the perfect thanks. He is our everything. And he’s right there, in every Catholic Church, physically and truly present, just waiting for us. That’s something worth crawling on my knees for. #MyMassTakeaway #eucharist #corpuschristi #catholicwife #catholiclife #catholicmom

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#mymasstakeaway It’s been an interesting Sunday. I had decided that (with my hubby out of town) I would attend Saturday night mass (I did) and sleep in today. I envisioned a day of meditation on #corpuschristi and the scripture readings. Long walks on mountain paths and dwelling in the Lord. My reality this morning was my cat announcing at sunrise that it was time to WAKE UP, and it rained all day (so much for that mountain top walk). I ended up in numerous phone calls and text messages with my dad (farming stuff in Kansas), my husband (trying to sell a house we co-own with my son in Kansas – and convincing his room mates they really do have to leave – and take their “stuff” with them) and my future DIL and in-laws back and forth on all things wedding planning (two months to go!) 💜 Ah well. So what. God wasn’t in the wind, earthquake and storm today. He was just the still, small voice in the cave, waiting to be heard. 💜 While I could have grown frustrated about plans being derailed for my supposed peaceful, meditation filled Sunday, I am instead grateful that the good Lord decided to speak to my chaotic heart and say, “It’s really quite simple, Julie. I love you. I died for you. I know what it’s like to go to a wedding where you worry you will run out of wine. I know what it’s like to chase the money changers out of the temple. I know how it feels to have people all around you wondering how you will feed the 5,000. I know how much you long to be Mary but think you must be Martha right now. I know, because I was there. Worry, frustration, fear…are nothing next to me. They are the reason I give myself to dwell within you every single Mass. Because when you are weak, I will be strong enough to carry both of us.” 💜 The Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. He didn’t come to dwell with us on a perfect day sprinkled with good intentions. He chose instead to enter the world amid chaos and kingships and masses worried about what they would eat and drink on a hillside after His teaching. Because He loves us that much. To provide the wine at Cana. To cleanse the temple. To feed the multitudes. To carry me Home. 💜

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