June 18, 2021

Today’s first reading from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians almost feels like a comedy routine or a bit of narcissistic soliloquy. Paul used the via negativa to remind people who he was and who we are called to be as members of the body of Christ.

In his spiritual direction for others, our founder, Saint Peter Julian Eymard, alerted them that we are weak and need the Eucharist to strengthen us to grow each day. By our reception of holy communion, we can be the best God is calling us to be.

This is where our gospel passage from Matthew comes into play. We are reminded not to store up the treasures of this earth. Since we are the light of the world, living Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, we are called to share our light with others. As eucharistic people, beaming our light of faith, we cannot hold back our gifts. From the reception of our baptismal candle, a reminder of the faith burning in our hearts, we bring light to a darkened world. If we treasure the darkness, we will radiate nothing.

Eucharistic people radiate gifts of humility and holiness to help us develop not only ourselves but within us the value of Christ.

We are called neither to delay nor decay. We all have our weaknesses, and we know them well. But as we recall in today’s psalm, God dwells in us, strengthening us so that we always remember we have this great treasure in our hearts. The Eucharist calls us to share with others and bring light to a needy world. Let our boast be to live this intensely!

Let Us Pray:

Each day, O God, you call us to trust that we may share our faith and bring your light to the world. Through our humble and gentle ways, may we always radiate Christ and end the darkness of sin. Through Christ our Lord.


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About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Lane is pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio. He writes and speaks regular on liturgy, has written two books for LTP, a four time member on the team of authors for Sourcebook, worked in a diocesan worship office and is an associate member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). He has degrees in education, music, theology and liturgy and also served his religious order as vocation minister. Contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com or (440) 442-3410 extension 111.