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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church aspires to be a community that is a place of God's mercy and hope, which fosters courage, hope and new vigor for one's faith journey - a place with doors wide open so that all may enter and feel welcomed.
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I read recently an interview with a newly successful entrepreneur whom I’ve known since he was a youngster. When asked what the source of success is, John answered, “Authenticity.” The present generations – stretching from our teenagers to the millennials are longing for the real thing.
Our Gospel is Good News, for them, for us and for the sake of the whole world. Jesus says,
My flesh is real food and my blood real drink.
Jesus is truly Real Presence – Body, Soul and Divinity, the Presence that saves us, and sets us free.
The only problem is what we’ll hear in next weekend’s text; the people found Jesus’ revelation intolerable, and they begin to leave him, and worse, they set out to take his life; and the challenge of rejection of the Christ exists until this day in the 21st century. So, next week, listen carefully to what St. Peter says in the face of such a quandary,
Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
Last Friday, I joined members of Msgr. Moore’s family for the Rites of Christian burial for this 85-year-old priest, who served the Church for over 50 years and whose last public Mass and homily was here, two Christmases ago. As he would frequently do, he preached about the irreplaceable value of the kitchen table – the place where we strengthen not just our bodies, but our essential relationships, by sharing a meal; John loved growing up in his family and cherished his sisters and brother, his nephews and nieces, and especially his grand-nieces and grand-nephews. But, he also called them to Jesus, to the Altar of Sacrifice – the Mass – where we encounter the most intimate and important relationship we have – our union with Jesus and our communion with each other – through Him, with Him and in Him.
An old hymn is worth pondering,
O food of wayfarers (travelers), O bread of Angels, O manna of Heaven dwellers. Feed those who are hungry. Do not deprive of sweetness the hearts of those who seek you.