Our Lady of Fatima Church, White City
Private/Individual Prayer only
Wednesday: 10am - 12noon
Friday: 10am - 11am,
6pm - 6.45pm
Saturday: 10am - 11am
Sunday: 4.45pm - 5.45pm
Friday: 12 noon, 3 pm
Saturday: 8.30 pm
Sunday: 9 am, 11 am, 6 pm
Weekdays: 9:15 am
6th June 2021
CORPUS CHRISTI - Deepening our Love for the Eucharist
Today we celebrate the beautiful feast of Corpus Christi, when we give thanks to God for the gift of the Eucharist. In our Gospel we hear how Jesus in the upper room at the Last Supper teaches the disciples for the first time how he will continue to be present to them in the Eucharist - it is his same words from that Last Supper which the priest says at every Mass: "This is my Body", "This is my Blood". It is this sacred meal, in which Christ makes himself present to us & continues to offer himself for our salvation, which has brought Christians together since the earliest days of the Church - nourishing and strengthening us in our daily lives as disciples of Jesus. The feast of Corpus Christi is an invitation for us to renew & deepen our gratitude and reverence for the extraordinary gift of the Eucharist.
Just before the priest receives Communion, he prays silently to himself: "May the Body of Christ keep me safe for eternal life. May the Blood of Christ keep me safe for eternal life." This is what is at the heart of our receiving of Jesus in the Eucharist - eternal life! This life is possible because God has made himself one of us and continues to draw us into a personal, intimate relationship with him so that we might be with him forever. On this "journey home" the Eucharist is the most powerful way that Jesus sustains & nourishes us, literally with his own body and blood. The Eucharist is like no other meal - normally when we eat food it is broken down by our digestive system and becomes part of us, but in receiving the Eucharist we become a part of Jesus. Perhaps the biggest challenge for us in the UK is that it is so easy to receive the Eucharist and so we can take it for granted. We need to remember that many have given their lives in our own country's history so that we can receive the Eucharist freely today, just as tragically many Christians around the world today continue to risk their lives to gather together in Church to celebrate Mass.
Lord, help us to open our hearts afresh to the awesome gift of the Eucharist!
With blessings and prayers from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team
“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.”
St. Maximillian Kolbe