Corpus Christi Sunday:
Do You Need a Saviour?
Homily by Father David Bellusci
An Existential Poetry Book
Our rational nature is to ask questions and to understand. We piece together childhood events, relationships, connection with nature, expressions of culture, and human fragility. What does it all mean? The collection of poems, Age of Innocence, starts off with childhood where the child is shielded from the world. The encounter with nature opens the path to metaphysical reflection while relations undergo reanalysis, reassurance, and rejection. Cultures may surprise and delight, but also confuse and disturb. What is the emotional “impact” over time? Innocence is progressively shattered as one discovers poverty, loneliness, and discrimination. The adult becomes the innocent “patient.” Is there refuge behind clinic doors? Fragmented, the person blurs reality and illusion and seeks healing.
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Is Jesus Lord of your life?
Pentecost is associated with the Sacrament of Confirmation. Have you looked back to reflect on the day of your Confirmation? Perhaps confirmed as an adolescent or an adult but the nature of Confirmation is to seal us with the Holy Spirit and grace us the seven gifts: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of the Lord. With these gifts we can live and say, “Jesus is Lord” (1 Corinthians 12:3).
These are “gifts” because God freely gives to each of us these gifts to strengthen our spiritual life. At Confirmation we hear the expression “soldier of Christ” conveying the sense that we are on the battlefield -- to defend ourselves against the forces of the Evil One. Yet, the reality is if we do not know the enemy, we do not know how to defend ourselves; and for that matter, we do not even know how to make use of these seven gifts that we freely received.
For thou hast created us for thyself,
and our heart cannot be quieted till it may find repose in thee.
St. Augustine, Confessions 1.1