“You should tremble, the world should shake, all Heaven should be deeply moved when the Son of God appears on the altar in the hands of the priest.” —- Saint Francis of Assisi.
This weekend, as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, we begin the second-year of our National Eucharistic Revival. I am so grateful to Father Chance, the Knights of Columbus, the Inferno Men’s Group, and everyone who participated in our Eucharistic Procession from our old stone church (Scileppi’s restaurant) to Festival Park. What a powerful expression of our faith in Jesus truly present in the Holy Eucharist! I pray that the public time of Exposition and Adoration will inspire many more people to be curious about Jesus, fall in love with Him, and come to join us in Holy Communion.
The Eucharist is not an object but a person who is alive and transforms lives. The person of Jesus is the revival. It is not our work. We cannot demand revival but we can invite people to Jesus, pray to Him for them, and respond to Him as he calls us. During this second year of the Revival we want to offer more moments for personal encounters with Jesus, opportunities to get to know and fall in love with Him, and encouragement for all of us to be missionaries who bring Him to others.
Pope Francis recently wrote, “Let us be daring. Let us all rethink the style of our parochial communities. We pray that parishes, placing communion at the center, may increasingly become communities of faith, fraternity and welcome towards those most in need.” May Our Lady of Guadalupe, Saint Francis of Assisi, Blessed Carlo Acutis pray for us. May Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist fire the missionary zeal in all of us!
Please visit the website, www.eucharisticrevival.org for more resources to help you pray and invite others to fall in love with Jesus.
Fr. Mark Zacker