Pastor’s Corner

I. Fr. Michael Charles Ajigo, ordained a priest on Saturday, May 30, will celebrate Mass here on Sunday, June 7, at 7:00am, and at Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 10:00am. Fr. Michael Charles’ new assignment will begin Tuesday, June 9, as parochial vicar at St. Thomas More church in Paducah, with Fr. Brad Whistle as his pastor. Congratulations, Fr. Michael Charles!

II. Corpus Christi Devotion: Today is the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. In addition to receiving the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass, you will have the opportunity to gather at Saint Stephen Cathedral for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament at 6:00pm, followed by a short procession around the SSC property with the Blessed Sacrament at 7:00pm.  We will crown our devotion with Benediction. This will be followed by a ice cream social coordinated by the graciousness of Lupe Ellis!

III. The Fourfold Action of Jesus: In our Gospel today (Mark 14:12-16, 22-26), repeated by Matthew and Luke and in two accounts of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, we hear of Jesus’ fourfold action of taking the bread, blessing it, breaking it, and giving it to his disciples. Jesus then tells them, “Take it; this is my body.” In a similar way, he took the cup of wine, blessed it, and gave it to the disciples with the words: “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.” Christians from the very beginning celebrated this event as a perpetual memorial of the death of Christ.

Read the Last Supper account of John 13:1-17, written a tad later as the early Church community began to grow and struggle. Note how the essential element of service is connected to Eucharist early on!

The account of the Last Supper according to Mark, which Jesus celebrated with his disciples before his suffering and death, belongs to the earliest stages of the written Gospel accounts. Scholars believe Mark’s account was written in 70 A.D.  Before that, the sequence of events from Jesus final entry into Jerusalem to the discovery of the empty tomb comprised the original oral Gospel among the original followers of Jesus. So, “oral” tradition gave way to the “written” tradition, which we have in our sacred Scriptures.

Today, in our Church through the Sacrament of Eucharist, we continue the fourfold action of Jesus: taking the bread, blessing the bread, breaking the bread, and giving the bread to His disciples! This holy or consecrated bread, the Body of Christ, is given to us that we might be transformed, that we might become more and more like Jesus in our thoughts, words, and actions.

IV. Encouragement! It’s easy to be negative! It’s becoming normative to put others down! Are you good at “lifting up” people?  Are you conscious of encouraging others?  On Thursday, June 11, we celebrate the memorial of Saint Barnabas who is known as the “son of encouragement.”  In honor of this Apostle, may each of us be a source of true encouragement, an instrument of evangelization in sharing the Good News!

In Joy and Hope,

Fr. Jerry