June 8, 2022

As I write, nineteen children and two teachers were murdered in Uvalde, Texas. Previously, ten people were murdered at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York. Early this morning, I was awakened by a loud bang, and when I went to investigate, I saw a vehicle had crashed into a neighbor’s tree, and the driver was fleeing on foot. Soon after, police were speeding around the corner, and gunshots filled the air. The suspect opened fire on officers, who shot back, injuring the suspect. The police theorize that he was attempting to commit suicide by police. What do these scenarios have in common? The hatred by others, of others, and of self.

In today’s gospel, Jesus is instructing the disciples. Do not think I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish but to fulfill. What has Jesus come to fulfill? Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these.

As the Feast of Corpus Christi approaches, we are reminded that while carrying the Blessed Sacrament in procession, Father Eymard was struck with the realization that the Eucharist is God’s greatest gift of love. How blessed are we to come face to face with Jesus in the Eucharist! Jesus is food for life’s journey, loving us unconditionally regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity. The road is not always straight, and the journey is brief for some. His love is always with us, asking us to love our neighbors, even the difficult ones.

Who needs your love today?

Closing Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.


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About Patty Pizzitola

Patty is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at Corpus Christi Parish in Houston TX.