Posts Tagged ‘Eucharist’

Corpus Christi and Love for our Father

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

The Church Universal lifts up for us today throughout the world the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, known in Latin as Corpus Christi.  Here in the U.S., today it is also Father’s Day, and it is quite fitting that this feast of the Eucharist should be celebrated alongside this day in which […] [Read more]

The Institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

When God saved his people from death by the blood of the Passover lamb and delivered them out of bondage and oppression in ancient Egypt, he told them to eat unleavened bread and each year thereafter to observe this day as a memorial of the Passover of the Lord. The meal taken in community, which […] [Read more]

Trust in Jesus, Trust in Prayer

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Communities around the world have been touched by violence over the past spring and summer. Here in our own country, one repercussion of this experience is a lack of confidence. Many people wonder if they can rely on their neighbors, our elected leaders, or those whose job it is to protect us and our communities. […] [Read more]

The Bread of Life

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

During the month of August, the Gospel readings at Sunday Mass will come from Chapter Six of the Gospel of John. Scripture scholars call this chapter the “Bread of Life discourse” because in it Jesus declares “I am the bread of Life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, he who believes in me […] [Read more]

Their Lenten Journey – and Ours

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

One of the most powerful and inspiring manifestations of the Holy Spirit alive and at work in our community today unfolds during the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion. As archbishop, I will preside at those ceremonies at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the first two […] [Read more]

Glory in the Cross

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

“The Lord Jesus…took bread and…said, ‘This is my body that is for you.’ In the same way, also the cup…saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this in…remembrance of me’” (1 Corinthians 11:23-25). Reflection Question: How do I renew my faith in the mystery of the Eucharist? [Read more]

Reflections on the Creed: “I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ”

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

The Creed is the Church’s perennial response to the question that Jesus asks each of us: “Who do you say that I am?” We respond, “I believe…” What we believe about Jesus sets us apart, defines us as Christians. God the eternal Word makes himself approachable and accessible in human flesh, and even in human […] [Read more]

Justin Martyr and Corpus Christi: Witnessing the Faith to the Greater Community

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

The early Church faced many of the problems we encounter today – a culture that urges us to focus on self, a society often hostile to the Christian faith and even confusion amongst Christians regarding the doctrine of the faith.  These issues occasioned a new type of Christian literature called “apologetics,” which sought to explain, […] [Read more]

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper: The Story of God’s Love for Us

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

For five weeks of Lent, we prepared ourselves through works of charity, self-sacrifice and personal conversion toward God.  Now, on Holy Thursday, we enter into the Sacred Paschal Triduum with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  On this holy night, we see Jesus showing his apostles how they are to lead – through service.  Our […] [Read more]

The Chrism Mass and the Renewal of Priests in Continuity with the Priesthood of Christ

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Each year on Monday during Holy Week, the Archdiocese of Washington celebrates the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle. For the priests of our local Church, the Chrism Mass is one of the high points of the year – at that Mass, more than 200 priests in attendance, including veteran and […] [Read more]