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Prerequisites for a Miracle
We pick up last week’s Gospel where Jesus is not accepted in his home town. We were left hanging knowing that Jesus was distressed at the lack of faith in his home town. The apparent inability to go beyond the narrow boundaries caused by familiarity results in no miracles worked there. With this as today’s backdrop, Jesus immediately organizes his followers so that two by two they will go out to the world as agents of the miraculous. An understanding of the miraculous lies at the root of today’s Gospel. A miracle is something “wonderful,” a wonder! The source of Jesus’ ministry lies in the discovery that in him something truly wonderful has happened. In him God has entered human history. He shows up in our neighborhoods as one of us. Jesus’ ministry is truly “boundary breaking.” In him, heaven’s potential is unleashed upon the world – God has become one with us. Through him heaven and earth meet.
 
God has teamed up with our race to bring about change and redemption. Lying at the core of discipleship is the word “team.” Jesus’ response to his hometown’s inability to stand by him and support him in his healing mission is to immediately “team-up” his disciples and send them out two by two. This flies in the face of a world that tries to make it on its own. Jesus reveals that it takes two to live the Gospel. The Gospel is something alive – it is what is happening between us. Long before the Gospel was written down; it was proclaimed by living out the miracle that God is with us and amongst us. Long before we distilled from the Gospel its many teachings and doctrines, the truth about God was lived between us as a living presence. The greatest proof of this miraculous boundary-breaking presence of God would be found in how we loved one another. Not much was needed – no purse, no money, no extra clothing – just each other! This is all that is needed to bring forth the miraculous in the reign of God. It is no wonder Jesus acted with such urgency with specific instructions on bringing about God’s kingdom. After his experience “at home” there was not a moment to lose for there is just too much at stake! We’re talking
about the future of the world!
 
Miracles and Changing the World
Another saying which reflects today’s Gospel is: “familiarity breeds contempt.” This proverb expresses a reality with which we struggle. Those whom we know the best—whom we think we have figured out-are often categorized by our experience of them. We know them so well that we know their faults, shortcomings or deficiencies. Breaking out of those categories is difficult because of a lack of respect. The word “respect” means “to take a second look.” Taking a second look gives us the opportunity to see the possibilities that lie within them. It is much easier to see the deficiencies rather than the possibilities. Just imagine a world or just one household that has created a climate of respect where we search for the good rather than the bad. This kind of climate sets us up for miracles and “wonders.”
 
Try an experiment this week. Pick just one person this week—someone close to you preferably, and take a second look. Respect them by daring to take a second look, and tell them the good you see! Let them know, and then pray for them. You are setting the stage for a miracle. If you do this each of the 52 weeks of the year, you will have touched 52 individuals whose lives will be profoundly effected! You will be well on your way to changing your world. It’s contagious—try it!
 
A Miracle within a Miracle
Today’s Gospel is a miracle within a miracle. Two women, one older and one much younger, are featured. In Jesus’ boundary breaking mission he establishes a kingdom where boundaries are broken: gender, sickness and death. We are all challenged to continue building that kingdom which ends division by tearing down walls and brings forth solidarity and union.
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Last week a special page was devoted to Catholic Social Teaching. This week our feature article is the Real Presence in the Eucharist.
 
Closing of the Year of St. Paul
The year of St. Paul comes to an end on Sunday, June 28. From June of 2008 the Catholic Church commemorated the 2000 anniversary of the birth of St. Paul worldwide. Bishop Zubik has asked every parish to mark the end of the year of St. Paul with Eucharistic Adoration on Sunday afternoon. Our parish will  celebrate Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at the end of the 11:30am Mass on June 28. The Blessed Sacrament will be placed in the Monsignor Must Chapel until 3:00pm at which time we will have Benediction and Reposition. During the year we prayed for holy vocations to the single, married, religious and ordained life.
 
The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
(The Thursday after Trinity Sunday (June 11, 2009; transferred, in the dioceses of the United States, to the following Sunday, June 14, 2009) The Feast of Corpus Christi, or the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (as it is often called today), goes back to the 13th century, but it celebrates something far older: the institution of the Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Last Supper. While Holy Thursday is also a celebration of this mystery, the solemn nature of Holy Week, and the focus on Christ's Passion on Good Friday, overshadows that aspect of Holy Thursday.
 
Thus, in 1246, Bishop Robert de Thorete of the Belgina diocese of Liège, at the suggestion of St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon (also in Belgium), convened a synod and instituted the celebration of the feast. From Liège, the celebration began to spread, and, on September 8, 1264, Pope Urban IV issued the papal bull "Transiturus," which established the Feast of Corpus Christi as a universal feast of the Church, to be celebrated on the Thursday following Trinity Sunday.
 
At the request of Pope Urban IV, St. Thomas Aquinas composed the office (the official prayers of the
Church) for the feast. This office is widely considered one of the most beautiful in the traditional Ro-
man Breviary (the official prayer book of the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours), and it is the source of the famous Eucharistic hymns "Pange Lingua Gloriosi" and "Tantum Ergo Sacramentum."
 
Worldwide, the church ponders the significance of the ultimate Sacrament, the living sign of his Presence. His life is given as food to be consumed. Jesus instructions at the Last Supper were simple: Eat
and Drink. In this the mystery transforms our lives as we receive his life in us.
 
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