We are not alone God is with us

“It is a great joy to celebrate this great feast of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ and to give the Sacrament of Confirmation to these young people”, said Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam.

Jul 05, 2014

By Bernard Anthony
“It is a great joy to celebrate this great feast of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ and to give the Sacrament of Confirmation to these young people”, said Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam.

Archbishop Emeritus Pakiam presided at the Sunset Mass on June 21, concelebrated with Sacred Heart Church parish priest Fr Christopher W. Soosaipillai and Fr Clarence Devadass. The prelate welcomed the 55 young candidates which included six adults coming from both the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Health.

In his homily, the prelate said that we are given such rich life-giving words in our Scriptures. He quoted from the 1st Reading (Deut 8:2-3, 14-16) — then God sending down manna, which gave the Israelites energy, strength and determination in the desert.

From the Gospel (John 6:51-58), the prelate quoted Jesus saying.. “I am the Living Bread that comes down from heaven”. Now, in a beautiful way, he gives us His Body and Blood — Bread & Wine in the Eucharist. The archbishop went on to say that Jesus gave Himself for us, gave us eternal life and friendship with God.

Then making reference to the 2nd Reading (1Cor 10:16-17), he said that though there are many of us, we form one single Body, sharing in the divine life as a community of persons, fed, nourished, strengthen by the Body and Blood of Christ.

Archbishop Emeritus Pakiam also quoted Pope Francis on Corpus Christi, saying that while food is needed for physical nourishment, for us baptized Christians, we need Jesus, present in the Eucharist, to strengthen our faith.

He noted that the parish community put a lot of effort to prepare the candidates for this Sacrament of Confirmation; he said that in our daily living as disciples of Christ, sometimes routine sets in. We might find Mass or prayers boring. Our youngsters are prepared to receive the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, among these is the gift of piety. It is important for us to gain the richness of our devotions.

“Ask the Holy Spirit to activate this gift in our lives, give us a new fervour, a new meaning (after Confirmation). Keep this fervour in you — the richness of Mass and the family prayers will bring deeper, richer meaning in your lives”.

The archbishop said we should be grateful to God for this Sacrament and for this great feast of Corpus Christi. To inspire, not to forget, God came to share His life and empowered us with His Holy Spirit. We are not alone, God is with us in our journey of life.

“In our lives, there tend to be many obstacles, weariness tends to push us down, but be a community; come and listen, pray, share with different persons in BEC. Use the gifts of the Holy Spirit, be an active person in this parish community”, the prelate concluded.

At the end of Mass, Fr Chris congratulated all the Confirmands and thanked the archbishop for administering the sacrament and Fr Clarence, the catechists, parents, godparents and all who had assisted or contributed in making this celebration beautiful and meaningful.

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