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CORPUS CHRISTI HOMILY 2020 (Year A)

In this parish we have a chapel of Perpetual Adoration. In order to sustain and strengthen the program we need more people. At present there are vacant hours to fill and we need at least two people per hour.

In 1981 the Pope, John Paul II established perpetual Eucharistic adoration in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and at that time he prayed fervently that every parish would have perpetual Eucharistic adoration.

Pope Francis wrote in “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel) pt 26I: “To my great joy, groups devoted to Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist are growing at every level of church life.”

In this parish Our Lord is exposed in a Monstrance 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, permanent exposition of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. All that is needed is for each of us to be willing to spend just one hour - once a week - with Jesus so we can organize every hour in such a way that every hour is covered with at least one person in the chapel at all times so that the Lord Jesus is never left alone the chapel can always be left open and together as a people of God we profess our faith and our love in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Jesus stays with us day and night in the Blessed Sacrament to call us back to Himself that we might spend some quiet time with Him in prayer in order to deepen our union, our friendship, our personal relationship, and our intimacy with Jesus - Our Saviour.

Our Lord wants to draw us into the deepest possible union with Him where He can feed us with His Life so we can say “Jesus and I are one, Jesus alone.”

For just as you can’t be exposed to the sun without receiving its rays. Neither can you come to the Son of God in the Blessed Sacrament without being bathed with all the rays of His Life, Love and Grace.

In the presence of the Blessed Sacrament there is no limit to God’s Love.

Fr John Ray recently did a healing mission in Fiji. During a Mass, at the consecration, a woman aged 44, born blind in one eye, was healed of blindness.

This is why St John Paul II said: “Jesus waits for you in this Sacrament of His love” where He repeats His timeless appeal: “Could you not watch one hour with Me.”

This hour Jesus wants you to spend with Him is spent any way you want to: with your own favourite prayer book or reading the Holy Bible or praying the Holy Rosary, or you may be so tired or troubled or worn out that you may want to do NOTHING but just sit and relax and enjoy the sweet peace that comes from simply being with the one who loves you the most, Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

What Jesus wants all of us to Know is that He is absolutely the easiest person to be with the easiest person in the world to please.

Even if you think you can’t pray very well because you are easily distracted and get restless the mere fact that you get into your car and go to the chapel IS IN ITSELF A PRAYER OF FAITH that brings great joy to His Heart.

For nowhere on earth are you more loved nowhere on earth are you more welcomed nowhere on earth is your presence more appreciated than in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

What Our Lord wants of us when we go to Him in the Blessed Sacrament is to put all of our worries, all of our anxieties every one of our cares into His Heart burning with love for us, that He may fill us with His peace so that when we leave the chapel there should not be one thing that bothers us not one thing that affects us not one thing that disturbs us.

Whenever I have suffered acute anxiety or fear, I have always received sufficient peace after being in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

A man I know suffers from panic attacks. These are many times worse than anxiety. He says, “the only certain way to get relief is to be in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.”

Many of us are familiar with the story of Martha and Mary. In Luke 10: 38-42 we are told Our Lord visited their home. We read: “Martha had a sister named Mary who sat at Our Lord’s feet and listened to what He was saying, but Martha was distracted by her many tasks, so, she came to Him and asked: “Lord, do you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” But Our Lord answered her: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things. Only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better part which will not be taken from her.”

Our Lord told Martha, that sitting in His Presence is “the one thing necessary.” So necessary that it will not be taken from her even though Martha is left to do all the work herself.

In other words, Our Lord said that the only thing necessary is to be in Our Lord’s presence. Therefore, the things of this world are not necessary.

For example, what the world calls “basic necessities”, food and sleep are not necessities. Food and sleep will only sustain us for this world. This world is not for our true home.

As Our Lord said to Pilate “My Kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36)

Being in Our Lord’s presence is necessary because the Grace that is given to us by being in Our Lord’s presence sustains us for eternity.

In other words, when we come into Our Lord’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament we step into God’s Kingdom or heaven, all the Angels and saints in heaven are present in Adoration.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church article 1024 states: “Heaven is the ultimate end and fulfilment of the deepest human longings, a state of supreme happiness.”

Article 1025 states: To live in heaven is to live in Christ.”

The advantage of having a chapel open all the time is that everyone can participate, because everyone can find at least one hour a week to be with Jesus and whatever hour you choose - morning, afternoon, evening or night -is most pleasing to the Lord.

We need people for all of the hours but the hour we need people the most is one of the night hours, between midnight and 6am because these are the hours that are most difficult to find volunteers for.

Those of you who can, we ask you to please help us out by taking one of these difficult hours.

For those who are willing to make this sacrifice and take one of these hours in the middle of the night, God will bless you many times more for doing so because God cannot be outdone in generosity. Whenever we are generous with Him, He is 100x more generous with us.

As scripture reminds us “Jesus spent nights in prayer.” St John Paul II is a busy person and yet he still makes time for prayer.

According to a Cardinal who was with the Holy Father all day, the Pope, John Paul II, began his day with a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament and ended his day with a Holy Hour, plus, he sometimes prayed one whole night each week before the Blessed Sacrament. I read recently that St John Paul II spent about 6 hours a day, most days, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Also inspiring is Pope Francis because he begins every day at 4am in his Chapel.

For me personally my favourite time to pray is in the middle of the night.

An hour spent with Jesus in the middle of the night is an anointed hour.

St Pope John Paul II says: “The church and the world have a great need for adoration because this is what will bring about God’s kingdom on earth and an everlasting peace to all mankind.” “For what we await are new heavens and a new earth.” (2Peter 3:13)

The Pope exclaimed that “We are a religion of Glory.” When we give Jesus the glory He deserves through perpetual adoration, then the world will be transformed by the all-powerful love of the Blessed Sacrament into a new, a second and a more glorious earthly paradise by Jesus who says, “SEE I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW.”

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