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June 11, 2017

Next weekend at all Masses we will commission all of our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC’s).  This is something we should do every year for all of our parishioners who have taken on the great responsibility of distributing the Body and Blood of Christ to the faithful.  The Bishop is actually the one who commissions these ministers, and his commission lasts for one year at a time, so we will renew all of these parishioners for this ministry with a special blessing at the end of Mass.  It seems particularly fitting that on the Feast of Corpus Christi, we give a little extra attention to this important ministry.


EMHC’s are a good reminder of the many ways that God gives each of us a role to play in our salvation.  It may sound basic, but even after Jesus has given us His Body and Blood, He needs our help to distribute it!  That’s where our EMHC’s step in as Christ’s instrument, helping Him keep the promise that He made to us at the Last Supper that whoever eats His flesh and drinks His blood will have eternal life.


The most important qualification for being an EMHC is simply a love of the sacrament.  That’s why all of these ministers are asked to participate in some kind of retreat or day of recollection each year.  Praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament during Eucharistic Adoration is also a great way to increase their appreciation of this sacrament.  This is crucial because this ministry flows from a love of the Eucharist and a deep desire to make it available to others.  I’m so grateful for all of the dedicated men and women who offer their time to this ministry.  It can sometimes be easy for Holy Communion to become routine if we’re not careful, but the reverence that our EMHC’s display in their ministry is a visible reminder at every Mass not to take it for granted.  They remind all of us – myself included – what a great gift it is that we receive.


So this week, as we prepare to commission these ministers for another year of service in the liturgy, please pray for them, and pray also that all people may develop an even greater love of the Body and Blood of Christ.