Category : Reflections For The Heart
Sunday the Church celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Our community participated in the Eucharistic Procession from St. Stanislaus Catholic Church to Corpus Christi Catholic Church, through the streets of Buffalo’s historic Polonia district, followed by Mass celebrated by Bishop Malone.
It was a beautiful day as we processed, with Our Lord, through the streets singing Eucharistic hymns in English and Polish. Jesus’ words in the twelfth chapter of the Gospel of John – “And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself” – took on a whole new meaning for me as people began to come out of their houses and walk down the street to witness this beautiful celebration. My heart was moved in thinking how powerful it was, for those who lived in the neighborhood we walked through, to have Jesus walking down their street – the graces they would receive, and the blessings that Jesus was pouring out upon them as we walked past each house, whether I saw them or not. It spoke to me about how we are called, in the mission of the New Evangelization, to bring Jesus, like this Eucharistic Procession, into the streets, meeting people where they are at in everyday life.
In Bishop Malone’s homily, he spoke of the beauty of these processions – how some people walk before the Blessed Sacrament and some walk behind. He said we are all called to follow Christ, but, at the same time, we are also called to go before, to be heralds, just as John the Baptist was, of the message and love of Christ.
As we continue to journey in this liturgical season of Ordinary Time, and especially as we approach the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, may we more ardently strive to, first, be followers of Christ Jesus so that we can, also, be heralds of His love and mercy to the world.
Written by: Alycia