Reencounter God’s love: Mass dispensation to be lifted on Pentecost

Each of us was created for one purpose: love. When that becomes the focal point of one’s life, then life itself takes on an entirely new meaning. To love and to be loved – this is the highest calling of life. And if God is love, then our first task is to love him first and foremost.

Of course, love is always a two-way exchange. This is certainly most tangible in the case in human relationships, but it is also true of our relationship with the Lord. The more we love God, the more he reveals himself to us. But what does this exchange look like? We love God through prayer, worship, keeping his commandments and living our lives in a way that honors him. God loves us through the many blessings he bestows on us in our lives and through the sacraments he’s given us, the principal of which is his son in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

On May 23, we will once be able to reencounter God’s love in communion with one another at the celebration of the Eucharist. The words Christ spoke to his apostles at the Last Supper are much more than just a command; they are a proclamation of his and the Father’s love for his children. That love is made manifest each week when we gather for the Mass. It is our chance to lay the struggles and trials we each experience at the foot of the altar and allow the consoling love of God to wash over us.

The Lord has been eagerly awaiting your return. He delights at the opportunity to show you how much he loves you by offering you the greatest gift the world has ever known: himself. He welcomes you with the loving embrace of a father seeking his lost child, and you can be sure he’ll hold on tightly. We hope these articles will remind you of just how much God loves you.

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COMING UP: Q&A: USCCB clarifies intent behind bishops’ Eucharist document

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Last week, the U.S. bishop concluded their annual Spring meeting, during which much about the Church in the U.S was discussed. In particular, the bishops voted to draft a document on the meaning of Eucharistic life in the Church, which was approved by an overwhelming majority.

Since then, speculation about the nature of the document has run rampant, the chief of which is that it was drafted specifically to instigate a policy aimed directly at Catholic politicians and public figures whose outward political expressions and policy enactment do not align with Church teaching.

The USCCB has issued a brief Q&A clarifying the intent of the document, and they have emphasized that “the question of whether or not to deny any individual or groups Holy Communion was not on the ballot.”

“The Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life,” the USCCB said. “The importance of nurturing an ever
deeper understanding of the beauty and mystery of the Eucharist in our lives is not a new topic for the bishops. The document being drafted is not meant to be disciplinary in nature, nor is it targeted at any one individual or class of persons. It will include a section on the Church’s teaching on the responsibility of every Catholic, including bishops, to live in accordance with the truth, goodness and beauty of the Eucharist we celebrate.”

Below are a few commonly asked questions about last week’s meeting and the document on the Eucharist.

Why are the bishops doing this now?

For some time now, a major concern of the bishops has been the declining belief and understanding of the Eucharist among the Catholic faithful. This was a deep enough concern that the theme of the bishops’ strategic plan for 2021-2024 is Created Anew by the Body and Blood of Christ: Source of Our Healing and Hope. This important document on the Eucharist will serve as a foundation for the multi-year Eucharistic Revival Project, a major national effort to reignite Eucharistic faith in our country. It was clear from the intensity and passion expressed in the individual interventions made by the bishops during last week’s meeting that each bishop deeply loves the Eucharist.

Did the bishops vote to ban politicians from receiving Holy Communion?

No, this was not up for vote or debate. The bishops made no decision about barring anyone from receiving Holy Communion. Each Catholic — regardless of whether they hold public office or not — is called to continual conversion, and the U.S. bishops have repeatedly emphasized the obligation of all Catholics to support human life and dignity and other fundamental principles of Catholic moral and social teaching.

Are the bishops going to issue a national policy on withholding Communion from politicians?

No. There will be no national policy on withholding Communion from politicians. The intent is to present a clear understanding of the Church’s teachings to bring heightened awareness among the faithful of how the Eucharist can transform our lives and bring us closer to our creator and the life he wants for us.

Did the Vatican tell the bishops not to move forward on drafting the document?

No. The Holy See did encourage the bishops to engage in dialogue and broad consultation. Last week’s meeting was the first part of that process. It is important to note that collaboration and consultation among the bishops will be key in the drafting of this document.

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