Monk’s Corner


Sunday meditations from Greeley, CO

by Deacon Joseph Meilinger,

Your local ersatz Monk

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Sunday Homilies

1383  The Lord addresses an invitation to us, urging us to receive him in the sacrament of the Eucharist: “Truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.”

In the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom the faithful pray in the spirit of “Lord I am not worthy.”

O Son of God bring me into communion today with your mystical supper. I shall not tell your enemies the secret, nor kiss you with Judas’ kiss. But like the good thief I cry, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

1387  To prepare for worthy reception of this sacrament, the faithful should observe the fast required in their Church. Bodily demeanor (gestures , clothing) ought to convey the respect, solemnity and joy of this moment when Christ becomes our guest.

Random Thought 1:  It is difficult to come up with thoughts since my bride is away visiting our daughter and I have received some extra weight on my cross today. I know why Christ had very little to say on the cross. It is very difficult to concentrate when you are in pain. His pain was far more than I will ever have and yet with the little pain I endured today it was very difficult to try and pray my morning prayers. Say a little prayer for me.

Random Thought 2:  The widespread practice of Catholics receiving communion in the hand while standing up is part of Satan’s attack on the Church, the head of the Vatican department dealing with liturgy has said. In the preface to a book on the subject, Cardinal Robert Sarah lamented the lack of reverence for the Blessed Sacrament, saying this leads to belief in “errors” on the matter.

“The most insidious diabolical attack consists in trying to extinguish faith in the Eucharist, sowing errors and favoring an unsuitable manner of receiving it,” the cardinal wrote.

“Truly the war between Michael and his Angels on one side, and Lucifer on the other, continues in the heart of the faithful: Satan’s target is the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Real Presence of Jesus in the consecrated host.

“Why do we insist on communicating standing in the hand? Why this attitude of lack of submission to the signs of God? “Receiving kneeling and on the tongue] is much more suited to the sacrament itself. I hope there can be a rediscovery and promotion of the beauty and pastoral value of this manner. In my opinion and judgment, this is an important question on which the church today must reflect. This is a further act of adoration and love that each of us can offer to Jesus Christ.”