June 11, 2023
Our Great Journey
Welcome to our weekly summer blog, designed to share ideas for Living the Gospel at Home. This blog is meant to be interactive, so please share ideas, photos and resources that you have tried at home. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most meaningful.
This weekend, we are celebrating the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.
Jesus tells the crowd of people gathered that he is the living bread that came down from heaven. He tells them that when they eat his flesh and drink his blood, they will remain connected to him forever.
These are difficult words, but they are important because they seek to show us our intimate connection with Jesus. Christians consume the Body and Blood of Christ and then go out to share Christ with others through their generosity, courage, love and faith.
Things to talk about:
- What types of bread does your family enjoy? How is bread important to your family’s life?
- What do you think Jesus means when he says “I am the living bread”?
Things to do:
- Break bread with your family. At your family meal, pass the bread around the table and, as each family member takes a piece, have them tell what they remember about their first Communion and what the Eucharist now means to them.
- Eucharistic Adoration is one way to proclaim belief in the Real Presence. Even if you can’t devote a whole hour to Adoration, spend a few minutes in front of the Blessed Sacrament talking about how Jesus is truly there. Learn ways to pray during adoration…
- Jesus shares bread with a hungry crowd. As a family assemble a “Mercy Bag” or two. Place nutritional items such as protein or breakfast bars, water bottles, canned macaroni with a pop-top lid in a gallon-sized, sealable storage bag. Also include a spoon or fork and a napkin or wipes! Keep the Mercy Bag in your trunk for when you need to give it to person or family in need that you encounter in a shopping center parking lot or in the city.
The United States is in the midst of a three-year National Eucharistic Revival to remind us of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and restore our understanding of, and devotion to, the Eucharist. On June 10-11, 2023, parishes across the country are intentionally celebrating and highlighting Adoration, the real presence of Jesus, on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. …READ MORE