Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Eucharist = Giving Thanks

Eucharist on Saranac Lake, NY
The word Eucharist means ‘giving thanks,’ and there is much to be thankful for in our lives. Every time I celebrate Mass I thank the Lord for so many blessings I have received over the years. Most people do the same when they gather for Mass and I am always edified by the devotion parishioners show, praying from their heart. I took the above photo on Saranac Lake in the Adirondack region in Upstate New York, back in 1983. I was on vacation with my pastor Fr John Heinlein, and we were preparing the celebrate Mass when I took this photo with the chalice with wine on the altar and the host on the paten soon to become the Body and Blood of Christ. We gave thanks that day as we broke bread and celebrated Eucharist. Whether you’re in a big cathedral or a small mission church, or even overlooking a peaceful lake, Jesus is always present, because ‘where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in their midst.” Let us always be thankful.

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