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Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

Mother Teresa was once asked why she does what she does, and she responded,

“I see Jesus in every human being.  I say to myself, this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him.  I serve because I love Jesus.”

Most Catholics realize that there is a special presence of Christ among us in the Eucharist.  As we hear in the Gospel this weekend, Jesus is made known to them in the breaking of bread. Over time, the Church -- his people, have learned to adore him, to be with him as he comes to be with us sacramentally.  This is part of what it means to be an “Easter,” a “Paschal” people.

The other part of this is being able to recognize Christ in others, like Mother Teresa references above. If Christ should deign to come to us in the species of bread which we revere and adore, shouldn’t we care for and love our neighbors, made in the image and likeness of God and temples of the Holy Spirit? Are these just lofty words or are they true? If they are true, we should see Jesus in every human being and then let that inform our actions. Mother Teresa shares that little key to success in her quote.  

So today, continue to adore God in the Sacrament when possible. And in these days of limited access, don’t forget that feet were washed at the Last Supper too.  As an Easter people you are ransomed from your former “futile conduct” (2nd reading this weekend) and now are called to love God and neighbor. This week Jesus will come to you; look for him in everyone that you encounter virtually and in person.

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