From the Pastor’s Desk | October 9, 2022 | Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.”
~ Luke 17:15-16a
Brothers and Sisters,
“Behold, I make all things new.” The Eucharist is or should be, the source and summit of the Christian life. Yet, in a hurting, hectic world, many of us are separated from or take Jesus Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist for granted. The National Eucharistic Revival aims to help Catholics in the US restore our understanding and devotion to the gift of the Eucharist. (eucharisticrevival.org). With this purpose in mind, those leaders behind this joyful, grassroots effort ask us to consider:
- Becoming a prayer partner through prayer, fasting, and penance.
- Sharing a testimony at the Revival website. If you are called to share, please let us know by emailing the Parish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Calling on the Holy Spirit to inspire a renewed love of Christ in your heart and the hearts of others.
Maybe you’ve noticed that I like to give the Communicants a test before Mass when I celebrate First Communions. I sometimes surprise myself with the questions I ask, but I’ve been asking one in particular with constancy. “As Eucharist is a Greek word, what does the word Eucharist mean in English?” For those who worry you don’t have the correct answer, please keep this hint I give the kids in mind. It’s a holiday in November (sometimes I even mention turkeys). It’s fun to see the children pleased with themselves when they enthusiastically offer the correct reply: Thanksgiving! I usually follow up with, “if the Eucharist means giving thanks to God, then each time we celebrate Mass, we should ask ourselves — what am I thankful for today?”
Could you ask yourself the same? What are you most thankful? And in particular, why are you grateful to God? Today’s Gospel tells the familiar story of the ten lepers cured and made clean by Jesus. Still, despite such transformational healing, only one among them returned to offer thanks. The Gospel emphasizes that the one who returned to Jesus “realized he had been healed.” I wonder, did the other nine miss their transformations entirely? Or were they taking their blessings for granted?
Now, join me in asking, do I take the Eucharist or Mass for granted? We are so incredibly blessed at OLPH to have our Good Shepherd Adoration Chapel (https://olphparish.org/adoration-chapel), a sacred space to meet our Lord throughout the day and to grow in love for the Eucharist and each other. Have you been able to take advantage of this beautiful space yet? Please go gentle on yourself as you weigh your answers, knowing that when we challenge ourselves to give the Eucharist and the Mass their proper weight in our lives, true transformation is possible. Jesus is just waiting for our response in gratitude to make all things new!
In closing, please keep Archbishop Lori, our bishops, and priests in prayer, as they and many priests from Baltimore will be attending the 3-day Convocation this Oct 10-13. As such, the Parish will offer a Communion Service (Liturgy of the Word and the Communion Rite) on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Likewise, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will not be available on Wednesday, October 12th. Thank you in advance for your understanding and prayers.
In the Lord,
Rev. Michael S. Triplett