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    December 2019 Meeting

    The Sacraments

    Opening Prayer

    Lord, teach us to pray:
        “Our Father…”

    The Reading
    (To be read by the Leader)

    “Take and eat; this is my Body, (Mt. 26, 26).”

        The institution of the Eucharist by Jesus is documented in (Matthew 26, 26-30), (Mark 14, 2226), (Luke 22, 14-20), (1 Corinthians 11, 23-29) and in the Bread of Life Discourse in (John 6, 22-69). The Bible, where we read these accounts, is understood to be the foundation for what we believe, in this way. The Bible is “the Word of God, written by human hand under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.” This is how God revealed Himself to the Hebrew people of the Old Testament and we believe that the fullness of revelation came to us in the person of Jesus Christ, God became incarnate. So, we base our belief system on the divinely inspired Sacred Scripture and the institution of the Holy Eucharist is well documented within this Scripture. The Church following the dictate, “Do this in memory of me, (Lk. 22, 19)”. Has faithfully carried out the celebration of the Holy Eucharist in all times and places since the Last Supper. “Besides the presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist, there is nothing that the Church honors more reverently than Christ’s presence in Sacred Scripture, (Youcat 19).”

    The Reflection
    (To be read by the Leader)

        My reason for focusing on the Eucharist is this. Why do we believe what we believe? Is the Eucharist important to us? “The Eucharist is the source and the summit of the Christian life. The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries are bound up with the Eucharist and are orientated toward it. For in the Blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ Himself, CCC 1324).” “The Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist and Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking, (CCC 1327).” So, the greater or understanding, our appreciation, of the Eucharist we cannot help but grow deeper in love with our God who sent His only Son to become one like us, though without sin.
        Yes, our faith is essential because we certainly do not have the intellect to understand the miracle of the Real Presence. One of the pivotal ways we will grow in our faith is by the

    practice of it. My golf game is destined to be only mediocre at best, (even though I love being out on the course). The reason, because I do not choose to take the time to practice the intricacies of the game that will help me become better. I don’t want it that bad I suppose. But I do want to grow in my faith and you Catholic men, do as well. So, we practice our faith and in doing so we become better at it. I will go back to my comments from last month’s program. What if our Knights we actively participating in the celebration of the Eucharist filling leadership roles on a rotation through the parish Masses on a monthly basis. Yes, the brothers are already attending Mass regularly but when you take on leadership roles within the Mass you become more engaged because things that need to happen depend on you. The fruit of this is growth in our faith journeys but we also have the opportunity create a new awareness of who our knights are and what they are about. Further fruit of this is endeavor; the next time you have a membership drive the men in the pews will make a connection between the Knights and service in the parish Church. Lots of potential, so I continue to cultivate the seed that has been planted.
        “Nevertheless, the liturgy is he summit toward which the activity of the church is directed; it is also the source from which all its power flows, (#10 Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Vatican document).” If this is where the activity of the Church is directed, what a great opportunity for the Knights of Columbus to direct their significant energy.

    “Take and eat; this is my Body, (Mt. 26, 26).”

    Meditation Period

    (The Leader now invites the members to spend a few moments in silent reflection, as the above text is not meant to be a ready-made answer but a starter for personal reflection on the theme.)

    Fraternal Sharing

    (The leader now invites the members to share with their Brother Knights any relevant thoughts that came to them during the meditation period.)

    Closing Prayer

    (Recited by all)

    Let us pray:
     “Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen