Who is a Minister of the Eucharist?

…and other facts about Holy Communion

Last week during our Credo discussion after Mass, we had an interesting conversation about the Eucharist. While we discussed many of the theological and spiritual considerations around Holy Communion, we didn’t get a chance to cover what you might call some of the “straightforward facts” about the Blessed Sacrament: who can administer it? who can receive it? what are the guidelines for reception?

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Flipping Our Expectations

7th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)

Jesus has a way of turning our expectations on their heads. The Beatitudes from last week’s gospel reading are a perfect example. The world says being rich will make you happy. Jesus says blessed are the poor. The world says happiness is a full belly. Jesus says blessed are the hungry. The world says celebrity and popularity are measures of success. Jesus says blessed are those who are persecuted.

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Plant Yourself Near the Water

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)

The Psalm for this Sunday is one of my favorites. It’s the very first Psalm, and it tells us right off the bat the way to blessedness. “Blessed is the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked… but delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on his law day and night” (Ps 1:1-2). It says the blessed person is “like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season, and whose leaves never fade” (Ps 1:3).

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Lord, I am Not Worthy

5th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)

Have you ever felt like you are not good enough for God? Like you don’t have what it takes to do what God asks of you? Are you hesitant to share your faith because you don’t think you know enough? Do you put off prayer because you don’t feel worthy enough to talk to God? If so, you are in good company, because that’s just how Isaiah, St. Paul, and St. Peter felt when God called them.

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