The Eucharist and more
Corpus Christi Sunday
The Twelve approached him and said, ‘Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.’ He said to them, ‘Give them some food yourselves.’ They replied, ‘Five loaves and two fish are all we have, unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people.’ Now the men there numbered about five thousand. Then he said to the disciples, ‘Have them sit down in groups of about fifty.’ They did so and made them all sit down. Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied.
Last Sunday the Church celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi or more commonly the Body and Blood of Christ. This feast has its focus on the Eucharist. We receive Jesus in Communion at Mass. At Mass, we offer our lives up and Christ nourishes us at the table of the Lord. In receiving the Eucharist we are changed because we become more Christ like. These changes may see us becoming more loving people and more ready to give ourselves for the service of others.
At Marist we are asking our students to have concern for others, particularly those on the margins of society. It is the Eucharist that strengthens us in this endeavour of being present to others and being there for others. We trust that God’s love is bountiful, and we give that love to others.
Last Friday our Year 11 Reflection Day was held at Elanora Heights and it was led by Michael Fitzpatrick. I was very heartened to hear the honesty from our next group of school leaders. They spoke with passion about where they saw the year group and how they wanted their leadership to influence the rest of the school. It was good seeing this group of young men preparing to take their place and to make a real difference.
Our current Year 12 leaders have shown their leadership this year in simple ways such as their volleyball competition and the spelling competition. Their initiatives have brought the students together in very positive ways.
I am looking forward to seeing a good group of parents here on Saturday evening for our Trivia Night. These are always good nights to experience our Marist Community in action.