Saturday, August 4, 2018

Sunday Sermon, July 29 -- Our Rituals Bear Witness to our Eucharistic Belief (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi)

Jesus multiplies the loaves to give a tangible example of miraculous bread before then teaching the dogma of the Eucharist in the Bread of Life Discourse. He prepares us for his teaching by showing us a miracle.

Similarly, the Church prepares us for belief in the Eucharist by the rituals she uses during the Mass and in adoration of the Eucharist outside of Mass.

Consider: In the Mass, we know by example that the bread is changed into the Eucharist at the moment of the words of consecration, because it is after this moment that the priest holds up the Host for us to adore the Lord. Likewise, we know that Jesus is living and active in the Eucharist, because we ask him to forgive us our sins as we look to the Host and say, "Lord, I am not worthy."

Likewise, outside of Mass, we consider how the rite of Benediction and the Eucharistic Procession teach us that Jesus is a priest in the Eucharist. From the Sacred Host, he blesses his people and intercedes for us!

Sunday Sermon, July 22 --- Devotion to the Precious Blood (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi)

The month of July is the Month of the Precious Blood. Devotion to the Precious Blood is a devotion to the humanity of our Savior. We worship the blood of Jesus, because he is a divine Person. Even in his humanity, he is always God.

One devotion to the Precious Blood is the Seven Mysteries of the Precious Blood:
1) The Circumcision
2) The Agony in the Garden
3) The Scourging at the Pillar
4) The Crowning with Thorns
5) The Carrying of the Cross
6) The Crucifixion and Death
7) The Piercing of His Heart

Another modern devotion which is essentially a devotion to the Precious Blood is the Divine Mercy Devotion. In this, we see the Blood of Jesus as an ocean of mercy.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sunday Sermon, July 15 -- Anointing of the Sick (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi)

A sermon about the nature of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick (Extreme Unction): Who can give it, who can receive it, what the sacrament is for.

This sacrament is the completion of confession to take away the wounds of sin, and therefore can only be given by a priest or bishop.  Further the sacrament is only for those who are serious ill and have begun to be in a real danger of death - yet, we should not wait till the last moments of life before calling the priest.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sunday Sermon, July 8 -- The Life and Ministry of St Paul (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

St Paul's personality and spirit come to life in his Second Letter to the Corinthians. We will consider the life and ministry of the "Apostle to the Gentiles" as well as the meaning of the "thorn in the flesh" and how St Paul inspires us today.

Born in Tarsus, Saul or Paul (he had both Hebrew and Roman names) was educated in the Law and was among the Pharisees. After persecuting the Christian Church, he was converted when our Lord appeared to him on his way to Damascus. St Paul engaged in three great missionary journeys prior to his first arrest and imprisonment. Having been released, he continued in his preaching and ministry until his second arrest which ended with his martyrdom on 29 June AD 67.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Sunday Sermon, July 1 -- The Raising of Jairus' Daughter (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Sunday Sermon)

A preliminary note about the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and how the Sunday Gospel teaches us that Our Lord approves of the use of sacramentals, and that he himself wore a scapular.

Our Lord chose Peter and James and John to witness the resurrection of Jairus' daughter. Peter represents the magisterial authority of the Church and also the sacramental life. James represents the missionary spirit of the Church and the witness of the martyrs. John represents virginal purity and contemplation.

"He said that she should be given something to eat."  Jesus' teaches us about the reception of holy communion - that we must be raised to spiritual life (through baptism and through confession) so as to benefit from the reception of the Eucharist as our spiritual food.

Sunday Sermon, June 24 -- In Defense of Marriage (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

The Solemnity of the Nativity of St John the Baptist

St John the Baptist is a martyr for marriage - Jesus' public ministry begins in the context of the defense of marriage. Sr Lucia of Fatima tells us that Our Lady revealed that the last battle would be over marriage and the family.

Marriage can only refer to that particular union which is of itself ordered toward children and family. This is why same-sex unions can never be "marriage". As Catholics, we can admit that there may be great commitment, sacrifice, and even love between a same-sex "couple", but that friendship will never be a marriage.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Sunday Sermon, June 17 -- St Barnabas and the Early Church (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

Born in Cyprus, a Jew of the tribe of Levi, Joseph, having converted to Christianity shortly after Pentecost, sold all that he had and donated his vast riches to the Apostles. On this account, and because of his skill in preaching, the Apostles named him "Barnabas" (meaning, "son of consolation" or "son of exhortation") and ranked him among there number.

St Barnabas is one of the most important saints in the history of the Church: He brought St Paul into the Christian community, he was the first "Apostle to the Gentiles", he shows us the power of mercy and was a man without any prejudices.  After serving as the first Bishop of Milan, he was martyred in Cyprus and laid to rest with a copy of the Gospel according to St Matthew which he had made with his own hand.