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The Procession of Faith

Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

Ever wonder why we have processions at different times throughout the year as Catholics? Corpus Christi often has a Eucharistic procession, many Hispanic and European cultures have processions during Holy Week and on big feast days, and at each Mass there is a procession by the priest and other ministers to the altar. On one level, at the public processions, it is a public expression of a certain belief. At Corpus Christi we show our belief, in an open and manifest way, as to the presence of Christ with us here and now. It is a walk of gratitude and joy, absent of fear. Through Christian history the procession was also a way to express a single belief as one large body. Take any of the Holy Week processions as an example as the Christian community expresses the belief in the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ as one people of God. In today’s world though, great fear comes upon us to dare express our faith so publicly. We are afraid that people may see us … but what will they think?  Or there is a fear that we may offend others who don’t believe the way we do in such a pluralistic society, yet, that hasn’t stopped the rest of our culture from publicly marching, making laws and professing our beliefs when they disagree with us as Christians.

 

When we believe in something though, fear should have less sway. We believe that Jesus is who he says he is and that his teaching on how to live our lives to the fullest is true. God confirms that this is true by his giving himself on the Cross and rising again on the third day.  He SEALS his covenant. We, at every Mass, see Jesus on the Cross process through the body of believers towards the altar… reminding us of his covenants, his promises, with us over time. Led by the priest in the person of Christ to the  altar of God, the Church makes a procession of faith  undeterred by fear because the power of truth has no rival.  Truth has no weakness. So, take heart! Now it is time to let our profession of faith be manifest in a procession of faith!

 

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