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    November 2019 Meeting

    The Sacraments

    Opening Prayer

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

    (To be read by the Leader)

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

       Brothers, I write this on Thanksgiving Monday. I am sure many of us are, giving thanks. I am profoundly grateful for the many graces and blessings in my life. Challenges faced and overcome with God’s amazing grace, the grace of the ministerial priesthood. I can tell you honestly, that sometimes I still shake my head in wonderment. As I pondered, prayed discerned what I should be writing about, I was struck by how blessed we are to have the Holy Eucharist. It is indeed the gift of His Son, that God gave us, viaticum (food for the journey). He knew we would need Jesus for our earthly journeys, and if providence gazes upon us it will be the meal that takes us to the eternal Holy Land by way of the sacrament of the sick at the end of our lives. I have written about the Holy Eucharist, within the topic of the sacraments some years ago, but I feel compelled in thanksgiving to make note of it once again. Why? Because the Eucharist is the most important source of grace that we can ever receive on our earthly journeys to the Promised Land. What is this grace I speak of? It is a “freely given, unmerited gift, from God.” Brothers, we have much to be thankful for in our lives. However, the Holy Eucharist is what will draw us ever deeper into a loving relationship with our God, hence our faith and our love of God and of neighbor will grow ever stronger through our constant (through the eyes of faith) reception of the Eucharist.

    The Reflection
    (To be read by the Leader)

       My reason for focusing on the Eucharist is this. It has been on my heart that the Knights of Columbus need to be more visible within the celebration of our Liturgies. Of course, the extension of this is that from the parish we move into the public square to serve the Lord. It has long been my thought that though the Knights do many good works and services within the Church and in the community, they are still one of the Churches best kept secrets. How and where do we begin to intentionally create awareness of who and what the Knights are? We need to start at the very epicenter of who we are as Catholics. In the celebration of the Eucharist. It would be

    truly beautiful, if it became the norm throughout our jurisdiction, that at least once per month, rotating through the various Mass times, at every parish, our Knights wearing vests, sashes, jackets, whatever identifies us as Knights, would provide the Proclaimers, extra-ordinary ministers of communion, adult servers, Permanent Deacons, and of course ushers, required to assist the priest in celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. So many of our men are already doing this, but do the faithful know they are Knights? Maybe, but likely not. Is this simply a pipe dream? I know it is standard practice in some parishes I am familiar with. When we engage in a particular activity, we tend to enter into it more completely, have a tendency to take ownership of it and generally glean more from the experience that we have been part of. Gazing at a freshly cut lawn or a newly shoveled driveway gives one a good feeling. Knowing that we made that happen takes on a much more meaningful sense of accomplishment.
       For us as Knights, as Catholic gentlemen, the more we can do to enter into the liturgies that we attend every week anyway, the more efficacious (effective) the graces we receive, the stronger our faith grows and the more zealous we become as disciples and witnesses of the Good News of Jesus Christ, in our families, our parishes and our communities. So, brothers, we need to know why it is we believe what we believe about the very core of our faith. The real presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. How do we do this? We practice our faith, but we enter into it in a more deliberate and intentional way.

    “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