Saint Paschal Baylon, Patron Saint of the Eucharist
We have quick reports of what the apostles were doing in these readings. Paul is stoned and then gets up and keeps on going! He is like the Energizer Bunny, who continues with the other disciples to share with as many people as they can about Christ.
With the gospel, we hear the words of the Mass echoed, giving peace and making peace a gift that is meant to be shared. As we think of Saint Paschal Baylon today, who devoted his Franciscan life to living the eucharistic mystery to its fullness, he did so bringing peace to others.
As we prepare for the country’s eucharistic revival, this patron saint of our SSS headquarters in Highland Heights, Ohio (Diocese of Cleveland), serves as a great witness to how we should zealously take the gift of Eucharist from the Mass and our prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, and then “go forth to love and serve the Lord.” Paschal cooked, served the poor, prayed, and cared for the sick. When we do these things and other ministries, we are not only continuing the command of Christ but bringing much-needed peace and relief to those in need. It’s what we do as eucharistic people, continuing the strengthening of the faith ministry.
Today we are encouraged and supported to keep on going! No matter what stones may be thrown our way. We in ministry may receive jealousy and judgment that make us want to stop. We become hurt and defensive. Yet, hearing the words of Christ in the Sign of Peace at Mass, we are encouraged to receive first from the priest and then offer to others Christ’s peace – a treasure to be passed. We are to be those faithful witnesses who share the gift in our own brokenness.
Let Us Pray
O God, in the breaking of the bread may we continue to receive your deep and lasting peace. May this heavenly feast on earth spread deep and lasting peace through our gifts of service and care. May the gift of the Eucharist, from the table that feeds us to the tabernacle that houses our Prince of lasting peace help us, like Paschal Baylon, to be porters of peace calmly showing Christ to others. (Inspired by a first millennium Celtic Prayer and song by Michael Joncas)
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