Jesus, hidden, but present

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”
John 14:27

On Monday, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist.  St. John the Baptist has been given a high honor in the Church by the fact that he has two feast days in the Liturgical Calendar.  The company he keeps is small–to my knowledge only Mary, Joseph, Jesus and John the Baptist have more than one feast day in the calendar.

As I was in front of Jesus, present in the Eucharist, I pondered the story of St. John’s birth and circumcision. It occurred to me for the first time that Mary was likely present as Elizabeth and Zechariah’s neighbors and relatives gathered to celebrate the birth and circumcise and name the child.  And therefore, Jesus was there as well, although in a hidden way.  And I have no reason to doubt, given that we know how the presence of Jesus and Mary had affected Elizabeth and the unborn John when they arrived,  that their presence had an effect here as well (see Luke 2:39-45).  I imagine it was a bit contentious — the crowd stating that his name would be Zechariah and Elizabeth boldly stating that his name would be John.  From where did she draw the courage to speak to the crowd? Clearly, they didn’t accept her proclamation, courageous as it might have been, as they first questioned her and then turned to Zechariah for confirmation.  And when he confirmed her witness, his mouth was opened and “he spoke, blessing God.” (Luke 1:66)

I would like to think that Jesus and Mary, by their very presence, brought peace and banished fear in this situation; that they inspired Zechariah in his praise of God and His goodness.  At least this is the impression I was given as I stared at the Monstrance, where Jesus is also present in a hidden way.  Because these are certainly the gifts I receive most often in Eucharistic Adoration: a peace which the world cannot give, a calming of my fears, courage to follow more closely as His disciple and a desire to offer praise and thanksgiving for His Love and His goodness to us.

During this Year of the Eucharist, may we all find our way to Him, truly present and yet hidden, but waiting to share His love and His peace with each one of us.  

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Stewardship in the Year of the Eucharist

“I have called a Holy Year of the Eucharist in the Diocese of Rapid City.”

Bishop Robert Gruss, Proclamation of the Year of the Eucharist

In a little over a week, we will enter into the Year of the Eucharist.  It is an exciting time for the Diocese, an opportunity to foster a greater love for Jesus and His gift of Himself in the Eucharist.  The many activities encouraged for the Year of the Eucharist are great ways to foster Lively Faith in a parish committed to living the pillars of our Stewardship initiative.  Many of them are found in the Characteristics of a Stewardship Parish.  For instance:  

  • Our parish fosters regular devotions outside of Mass.  How about Exposition and Adoration for the Year of the Eucharist?
  • Our parishioners participate in the larger diocesan community events.  Like the Year of the Eucharist? 
  • Our parish leaders and parishioners regularly discuss virtue, set forth examples of heroic virtue, and evaluate programs and policies in light of how they foster virtue.  How about the Eucharistic Saints suggested in the Year of the Eucharist materials?
  • Our parish has a vibrant, planned, inter-generational and well-communicated formation program.  The many resources available to parishes can help!
  • Our parish fosters a thirst for life-long learning.  Check out all of the Adult Education options suggested for the Year of the Eucharist!
  • Our parish fosters increasing attendance at both daily and Sunday Mass consistent with the demographics of the community we serve. What a great goal for the Year of the Eucharist!
  • Our pastor leads people to a deep intimacy with the Trinity, parishioners pray daily for at least fifteen minutes and faithfully participate in the sacraments, and where parents teach their children how to pray. Another great goal for this year.

The success of your parish’s efforts to draw people into a deeper love of Jesus and His presence in the Eucharist can also be helped by close attention to Generous Hospitality.  How might your parish employ the many facets of Generous Hospitality to welcome and invite people to participate in this year?

The Office of Stewardship would like to assist in any way we can in helping to make this a wonderful year in your parish.  What a gift it will be for all of us!

 

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(605) 343-3541

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2101 City Springs Rd Ste 200
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 716-5214

TERRA SANCTA RETREAT CENTER

2101 City Springs Rd, Ste 300
Rapid City , SD 57702
(605) 716-0925
stay@terrasancta.org

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What Is the best thing about camp?

Today we finished Boys Totus Tuus Camp 2015 — Wake Up the World! We had 60 middle school and high school campers, a number of college and young adults helping with this year’s camp at Terra Sancta.   It was a great week.

During Bishop’s Gruss homily he asked one camper what was his favorite thing about this week and without hesitation the camper responded Adoration, which I’m sure surprised a few.  However, I don’t think that this should surprise us given the busyness and the craziness at times of our young people schedules, running from event to event. To spend an hour with the Lord in quiet, to hear the Lord’s voice speak to their hearts is what our young people are thirsty for.

St. John Paul II in Dominicae Canae says “the Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic adoration… for it is Jesus who waits for us in the sacraments of love.” Saint John Paul continued by saying “let us be generous with our time in going to meet Jesus… let our adoration never cease.”

At Totus Tuus besides having lots of fun with activities like slip and slide kickball, glow in stick capture the flag, kayak races, and the epic game, we prove we provide ample opportunities for our young people to meet Christ in the Eucharist.

I encourage you this week to be generous with your time in going to meet Jesus by spending time before the Blessed Sacrament quieting your hearts so that you like this young camper you to might hear the living voice of Christ in your heart.

Fr. Mark’s Musings