Nothing can Separate Us from His Love

Clergy Corner by Fr. Theo

The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish provides a chance for a midsummer reflection on the Eucharist, on the Mass, the central action of Catholic life because this miracle of Jesus is really a preview of the Mass. When we come to Mass, whether in the church or via livestream during these challenging times, we come to the two tables that make us strong: the table of the Word and the table of the Eucharist. At the table of the Word, we hear the saving Truth of God read, preached and applied to our life just as Jesus taught the crowds in the Gospel. At the table of the Eucharist, we receive the Risen Christ and a real transfer of Christ’s life and strength to us that we call grace. As we draw from these two tables over time, we grow stronger and wiser in the Lord. The Eucharist is the closest sacramental encounter with the Risen Christ we are able to have on this earth.

St. Paul writes to the Romans in today’s second reading that nothing can separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ. The Mass is the guarantee that the Lord Jesus will let nothing separate us from His love. There are things that can separate us from the love, the strength, the power of Christ and that is our indifference, our departure from Gospel living, our absence from the Sunday Eucharist. 

At each Mass, the Lord calls us to follow Him more closely and gives us food and strength for the journey of life that will lead to our promised land with Christ. It’s a journey that is never easy but a journey for which Christ Himself will make us strong.

 

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