The story is told about two old friends having a conversation. The first one said: “I don’t go to church anymore. For 30 years I’ve heard about 3,000 sermons, but I don’t remember a single one of them. It’s just a waste of time.”

His friend told him: “I have been married for 30 years now. My wife has cooked some 32,000 meals for me, and I cannot recall the menu in those meals, but I know those meals nourished me and gave me the strength I need. Otherwise, I would be physically dead by now.”

Thank you to all who make the celebration of the Mass possible—the priests, the servers, the lay ministers and helpers, the choir and the technicians. Thank you, too, to all who make the Eucharist real in their daily lives!

Let us not focus so much on the Eucharist as an obligation, but as a celebration of life itself. Love cannot be forced, but having said that, we must not forget that the Eucharist is also a sacrifice.

Yes, let the Eucharist be a joyful celebration of the Lord’s greatest sacrifice for all of us!

Submitted by Fr. Joseph Dovari