Monday, July 06, 2015

rss-feed-usepinterest-button Twitter logo blue

 

Viewpoints

Bishop Jugis: The Eucharist is the love that can change our world

092811-sah-bishop-elevation-closeupCHARLOTTE — In a world sadly in need of love, there is one place we know it can be found: at the altar in the Eucharist, Bishop Peter Jugis said during his homily at the closing Mass of the 2011 Eucharistic Congress in Charlotte on Sept. 24. Bishop Jugis encouraged his flock to embrace the Eucharist, placing Christ firmly at the center of our lives.

Catholics from across the Diocese of Charlotte filled the Charlotte Convention Center for the two-day congress, and attendance was unusually high for the closing Mass in Hall A, which was overflowing with worshippers.

The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith, Bishop Jugis reminded the thousands of faithful, but he then asked, "Is it really the center of our life, around which everything revolves? Does the Eucharist give life to everything we do, day in, day out?"

Editor's note: On the Diocese of Charlotte's YouTube channel, view Bishop Jugis' English homily or his Spanish homily. Read the full text of Bishop Jugis' homily.

092511-pl-bishop-at-closing-mass

Bishop Jugis said we should be eager to receive Christ in the Eucharist – eager to receive Him into our lives and eager to express our love for Him in all that we do.

"Are we eager to know our Christian faith? Are we eager to go to Sunday Mass?" he asked. The early Christians were, and we should model our lives on theirs, he said.

Bishop Jugis said that our love for Christ in the Eucharist should be mirrored in our love for each other and for our parish communities, just as the first Christians loved being together and caring for each other's needs.

"I want to thank you for your devotion to your parishes," he said. "Thank you for showing the world by your attendance at Mass that you are devoted to being together" and demonstrating that Sunday is the Lord's day, a reference to the theme of keynote speaker Cardinal Francis Arinze, who spoke Friday about the importance of keeping Sunday holy.

Bishop Jugis pointed out that the Apostles ordained seven deacons to minister to the needs of widows and the poor during the early days of the Church – the level of charity of the early Christians was so great that it took seven men all day every day to distribute it. This was "an avalanche" of love, an outpouring of love and eagerness to serve others that the community in Jerusalem possessed. Today, the faithful need to recapture that same sense of enthusiasm and abundance of love for one another, he said.

Too, the faithful's communal "Amen!" at the end of the Eucharistic Prayer during Mass is an expression of our eagerness to receive Christ into our lives, Bishop Jugis said. It signifies our recognition of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and it gives us the opportunity to worship and adore Him. He said that our enthusiastic response of faith during that moment is as if we are saying, "My Savior comes to me!"

He concluded, "May His love lift you up. Jesus eagerly desires to give Himself to you. With joy let us receive Him!"

— Patricia Guilfoyle, editor. Photos by SueAnn Howell and Patricia Guilfoyle.

  • Deacon James H. Toner : What we know that ain't so: My conscience Deacon James H. Toner : What we know that ain't so: My conscience
    What we think is the right road Poet William Ernest Henley famously said, "I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul." People today cheer the mantra of nonconformity, of individual autonomy: "I gotta be me!" I celebrate me. I...
  • Victory of the Sexual Revolution presents evangelical possibilities Victory of the Sexual Revolution presents evangelical possibilities
    The legal dispute over same-sex "marriage" in the United States has now been decided, and in that contest the traditional Christian understanding of marriage lost. What you may be surprised to learn is that I welcome this defeat. Since I began...
  • Robert D. Potter Jr.: Same-sex 'marriage': What happens now? Robert D. Potter Jr.: Same-sex 'marriage': What happens now?
    On June 26, five members of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the states must grant the right to same-sex "marriage." As Justice Clarence Thomas pointed out in his dissent, this decision flies in the face of our own Declaration of Independence...
  • Deacon James Toner: What we know that ain't so: A false charity Deacon James Toner: What we know that ain't so: A false charity
    What we think is the right road Speaking recently, one American politician challenged church-goers (of course, he meant Catholics) to stop worrying so much about abortion and to start worrying more about poverty. The Church is too caught up...
  • Fred Gallagher: The men in my mother's kitchen Fred Gallagher: The men in my mother's kitchen
    I grew up with all brothers, so my mother's kitchen was constantly overrun by males. But it wasn't just my brothers or my uncles or the salesmen who worked with my father. No, over the years a large number of those men wore either cassocks or...
  • Rico De Silva: The face of Our Father Rico De Silva: The face of Our Father
    "He who has seen me has seen the Father." (Jn 11:9) This Sunday we'll celebrate Father's Day. As the father of one daughter, this is cause for rejoicing. But as a Catholic, this is a great cause for gratitude and awe towards Our Heavenly Father,...
  • James H. Toner: What we know that ain't so: Personally opposed James H. Toner: What we know that ain't so: Personally opposed
    What we think is the right road I am all for Catholic teaching, but it is a private matter. We should admire Catholic politicians who do not permit their faith to influence their political judgment. They should not force their values down other...
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20

LETTERS FROM OUR READERS

  • Remember our neighbors' grief
    Two weeks ago I paid my respects by standing and praying outside Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Zion Church in Charleston, placing a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the people of Jacksonville, Florida's...
  • Too many of us lack courage to stand up for our faith
    I applaud Deacon James Toner for his commentary "Personally Opposed," published June 5 in the Catholic News Herald. Unfortunately, it was buried toward the back of the paper, when it should have...
  • Happy anniversary, Sister
    It seems appropriate that during this Year for Consecrated Life, Sister Mary Hugh Mauldin is to celebrate a milestone anniversary: 60 years as a Sister of Mercy. I did not know Sister Mary Hugh...
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

FROM THE PASTORS

Read and listen to homilies posted regularly by pastors at  parishes within the Diocese of Charlotte: