This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus, which calls our attention to the True Presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Our Lord is truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament and every good work we do as a Church flows from the Eucharist. As Catholics, we believe that through the power of the Holy Spirit, the simple gifts of bread and wine are transubstantiated into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. We do not believe it to be a sign or a symbol but the Real Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. The Eucharist sustains us as we journey toward heaven and is our true nourishment for our souls; just as the body needs food in order to survive, so too the soul needs the Holy Eucharist to remain strong in Faith, Hope, and Love.
"For one in such a lofty position to stoop so low is a marvel that is staggering. What sublime humility and humble sublimeness, that the Lord of the Universe, the Divine Son of God, should stoop as to hide Himself under the appearance of bread for our salvation! Behold the humble way of God, my brothers. Therefore, do not hold yourselves to be anything of yourselves, so that you may be entirely acceptable to One Who gives Himself entirely to you." - Saint Francis of Assisi
What beautiful words from Saint Francis! May we always know in our hearts the importance of the Holy Eucharist and realize the gift we have as a Church in the Most Holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. I love the quote from Saint Francis on the Eucharist because it reminds us what the Eucharist actually is and truly humbles us to realize that because of His great love for us, Jesus remains with His Church in the Holy Eucharist.
Keeping that in mind, it reminds me of the need for us to have proper reverence for our Eucharistic Lord. I am happy to share that we have been given the permission of Bishop O’Connell and the Diocese of Trenton to restore our Communion rails. We do have a plaque on the wall from the families who donated them, and now they will be present again. However, the presence of the Communion rails will not change how we distribute Communion at our Ordinary Form of the Mass. Those who wish to kneel for the reception of Communion can do so and those who receive standing will not be encouraged to change how they receive. I have noticed in my one year here that many people used the portable rails to sturdy themselves and the new rails will be easier than the former ones by removing the hazard of tripping.