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Sister Maria Inviolata is a member of the Sisters of Our Mother of Divine Grace. Assigned by Bishop Joseph Cistone, DD as the Pastoral Administrator of Ave Maria Parish, she resides with her community in Port Sanilac, at St. Mary's convent. Check back weekly for updates and current happenings at our Parish.

June 6th: Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Dear Parish Family,

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Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. The Gospel gives St. Petes recollection of the institution of the Blessed Eucha-rist as handed down by St. Mark several years later. We focus on that which ties together the bloody sacrifice of the Old Covenant, the offering of the Precious Blood of Christ on the cross, and the unbloody re-presentation of that sacrifice we celebrate daily at the Holy Mass. And in every one of these three parts, we see the reality, we see the presence of Christ.

Moses appears today at the mountain of Gods awe-inspiring presence with Gods people and Gods word, which he writes down to prepare the covenant document, the Ten Commandments. Because the mountain and the people and the covenant were to be holy, he erected an altar at the mountains base. Oxen are sacrificed and their blood gathered. Half was used to bathe the altar and half was literally scattered upon the familyof Israel with the words this is the blood of the covenant.After this, the elders of Israel went up the mountain, beheld the God of Israel, ate to-gether, but did not die. Thus was the Old Covenant ratified in blood and with a sacrificial meal.

Jesus is for the New Covenant both the priest and the victim. The author of the Letter to the Hebrews spends many verses defending Christs priest-hoodaccording to the Order of Melchizedek,because Jesus was of the tribe of Judah, not Levi. Having done that to the satisfaction of all, he hearkens back to the ceremonies of the Day of Atonement when the Jew-ish high priest entered Gods presence behind the veil of the Holy of Holies to make atonement for the sins of the people with the blood of animals. In the Christian dispensation, the true and lasting High Priest, Jesus the Messiah, entered the presence of God through the tabernacle on high with His own Precious Blood. He offered His own Body and Blood to God so that we would be purified of dead works (sin). Christs Blood is tied to the New Covenant, with Jesus as the eternal priest and mediator. The promise of this covenant is an eternal inheritanceof life, recalling Jesuspromise of eternal life to those who would worthily eat His Body and drink His Blood. (hprweb.com) We are a Eucharistic people. The Eucharist is our life. Today as we have a Eucharistic procession, let us give praise, honor and thanksgiving to Jesus who gave Himself for us.

Congratulations to our First Communicants and their families! May we always eat His Body and Drink his Blood worthily unto eternal life.

 

God Bless you all!

Sister Maria Inviolata, SMDG

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