Christ at the center? Check your time and money, bishop says

Bishop Robert W. Finn carries the monstrance bearing the Body of Christ at the annual joint procession and celebration of the Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ at St. Joseph Parish in Shawnee, Kan. In commemoration of historic processions in which the Body of Christ is taken to city streets, this year marked the ninth such procession for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and the seventh year in which the celebration has been done in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. (Kevin Kelly/Key photo)

Bishop Robert W. Finn carries the monstrance bearing the Body of Christ at the annual joint procession and celebration of the Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ at St. Joseph Parish in Shawnee, Kan. In commemoration of historic processions in which the Body of Christ is taken to city streets, this year marked the ninth such procession for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and the seventh year in which the celebration has been done in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.
(Kevin Kelly/Key photo)

By Kevin Kelly
Catholic Key Associate Editor

SHAWNEE, Kan. — Bishop Robert W. Finn offered an easy way for people to see how close they are to Jesus.

Check your bank account and your time, then see how much you spend of each with the Lord, Bishop Finn told the congregation of several hundred who came to this year’s joint celebration of the June 2 Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

Of course, he told the congregation at St. Joseph Parish in suburban Shawnee who came from both sides of the state line, that there are bills to pay and time to spend on the job and with family.

But what about the rest, he asked.

“What is it in my life that I spend my money and my time on?” Bishop Finn said, shortly before a procession that would take the Body of Jesus to the streets.

For the ninth time since he became ordinary of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, and for the seventh time in conjunction with Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann and the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, the leaders of the two dioceses that share the Kansas City metropolitan area led a Holy Hour of Adoration, a procession, and a benediction that brought the Body of Christ to the streets of the city.

In his remarks, Bishop Finn reminded the congregation that the Eucharistic sacrifice, as proclaimed by the Second Vatican Council, is the “font and summit” of Christian life.

“Fountains and mountains,” Bishop Finn said. “It is the fountain from which everything flows. It is the summit, the mountaintop of the whole Christian life.”

If Christ is truly at the center of the lives of Christians, then Christians will fit everything else around Christ, Bishop Finn said.

And a good method of examining one’s conscience is to see if that is true in one’s life, he said.

“Do I do everything else first, then what time I have left over is for prayer?” he asked.

“If the Lord is the font and the summit, then he is true north, the reference point for everything. Everything has to find its proper balance with him,” Bishop Finn said.

“There is no other savior,” he said. “This is the savior of the world. This is the savior of every human heart.”

Bishop Finn congratulated the congregation for giving an extra portion of a Sunday afternoon in June to the Lord.

“We can give him the next hour,” Bishop Finn said. “We can say, ‘I am not going to do anything else. I am going to follow you.’

“And over the course of that hour, let’s ask Mary, ‘Keep my eyes fixed on Jesus as you did at the moment of his Eucharistic sacrifice on Calvary so we can follow him faithfully all the days of our lives.”

In his remarks during the benediction following the brief procession around the parish church, Archbishop Naumann said that prayer and adoration before the Eucharist should remind Christians that God has greater plans for everyone.

“One of the gifts of prayer and adoration is that it lifts us outside ourselves. It makes us realize that it’s not all about me,” Archbishop Naumann said.

“True wisdom leads us into God’s plan for us, which is much greater and more beautiful than anything you and I can imagine,” he said.

But it is easy to get caught up in the demands of the world and forget that God is in charge, he said.

“This is why we feel so overwhelmed by life, because we believe everything depends on us,” Archbishop Naumann said.

“Eucharistic Adoration reminds us that the one who created the universe has this personal love for you and me,” he said.

“What a precious gift to us this Blessed Sacrament is,” Archbishop Naumann said. “May we go forth more keenly conscious of God’s love for us.”

 

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December 11, 2016
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