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The story is told about a husband who complained to his wife: “Your cooking is no good. The food you serve has no taste at all!” The wife retaliated by calling the police to pick up her husband whom she said has COVID-19 because he has lost his sense of taste.

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Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). We renew our belief in the real presence of our Lord with us still in the Eucharist. We also renew our hope that the body and blood of Christ will bring us to eternal life.

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It has been almost two years now that some have not received Holy Communion because of the pandemic. There is this thirst and longing to be able to receive our Lord sacramentally again. May we never lose our “taste” for receiving our Lord in the form of bread, and to be in His presence before the Blessed Sacrament.

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Today we affirm our membership to the Body of Christ. Yes, I am Fr. Jerry Orbos Christi (of Christ). Add “Christi” after your name to reaffirm your belonging to Christ, which in turn should make us remember that we should love one another. Yes, we live as one, we work as one, we love as one, and we heal as one.

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“Love one another as I have loved you.” More than ever may we heed our Lord’s commandment of love, when many of us are going through all kinds of challenges, uncertainties, deprivations, and anxieties during the pandemic. May we have no regrets that we loved and shared too little, too late, and we were not present nor did we give our presents to our brothers and sisters when they needed us most.

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Thanks to modern technology we can make the Lord’s presence felt by our brothers and sisters through our online Masses, prayers, and recollections. Somehow we connect and we make known God’s loving presence especially in the most difficult and painful moments of their journey. The Lord is with us always, and in all ways!

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The Eucharist should lead us to true service, and our service should lead us closer to the Eucharist. Jesus is the reason for all of our praying and serving. Without Him, we may end up praying and serving empty, proud, and vain.

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“Oh sweet sacrament we thee adore, oh make us love You more and more. Oh make us love You more and more!” Beautiful song before the Blessed Sacrament. But perhaps the Lord would be more pleased if we added: Oh make us love Your people more and more. Beyond our devotions, we must love in action.

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It is so necessary to really listen to the Lord. In the silence, and in the quiet, let Him speak to us, heart to heart. We need to be reminded again and again: “Be still and know I am God.” (Psalm 46:10).

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Let us see whatever is happening to us with the eyes of faith and with the ears of someone who prays. On bended knees, things fall into place, meaning surfaces, and strength is replenished. It is in humility before God that the good in us comes out, and the best of us goes out.

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The presence of the Lord will help us journey through life with a heart that is light, and an outlook that is bright. Let us make His presence our present to the world around us.

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Speaking of being light, somebody said: “I got called ‘pretty’ today. Well, actually the full statement was ‘You’re pretty annoying.’ But I focus on positive things!”

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Think about this: “Only kindness can heal the unkind.”

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A moment with the Lord:

Lord, help us to remain one with You, and with one another. Amen.

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