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The True Presence of Christ

Corpus Christi is the celebration of Jesus’s real presence in the Eucharist.

Symbols are part of our everyday lives; we know green light means go, and that the exit sign eventually leads to the outside world. Even in simply reading this text you are interacting with a complicated set of symbols that have meaning to you. Every day, as we navigate our lives, we are walking through a world rich with symbols.

 

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The Trinity and the Children of God

The Trinity is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Three persons; one God. Distinct and the same. In the Creed we state that the Son is consubstantial with the Father, which means made of the same substance or essence, yet each person of the Trinity has an identity and a separate role.  

As I write, it is a rainy day in Lower Hutt, and one of my teenagers has covid. She’s fairly sick, but incredibly hungry. I find myself preparing food and washing up in a cycle that reminds me of life when I was at home full-time with two small children. I had almost forgotten what it is like to be needed.  

 

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The First Fruits

Pentecost means fiftieth and we celebrate Pentecost fifty days after the Feast of Easter.  We do this in memory of the extraordinary events that mark the beginning of the Church.  Pentecost is the day when the Holy Spirit came to rest on the Apostles and early Christian community.

They were afraid, hiding in the upper room of a small house in Jerusalem, when the Holy Spirit arrived as wind and fire and rested upon them. They ran out of the house preaching the Gospel, and everyone who heard them, heard them in their own native tongue. This led to thousands of Baptisms, and the mission of the Church began.

In fact, Jerusalem was full of people from all over the world because Pentecost occurred during the Jewish festival of Shavuot, which takes place fifty days after Passover.

 

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