2021-06-1311th SundayRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

Some time ago the Hartford Courant that stated Connecticut was the most secular of all the states. What does that mean? It means that God is no longer a high priority for us. I find that very sad because there are many Catholics in Connecticut. But then again there are many Catholics especially young Catholics who no longer go to Church.

Today`s Gospel talks about the "kingdom of God." That means that God rules, that God is in charge of our world. Pope St. John Paul II made the kingdom of God one of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. Kingdom of God was the favorite topic of Jesus when he was preaching. We say it in the prayer Our Father, "thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

We do not have much time to live on this earth. Even if we live to be a hundred, it is a small amount of time in terms of eternity. We have to make the most of our time here on earth. If we think that we do it by ourselves, without God in our lives, we are very foolish.

When I was growing up, the Catholic Church rarely talked about the kingdom of God and yet Jesus talked about the kingdom a great deal.

Our thoughts about the kingdom of God must increase. We should think about God being a part of our lives. The fact is that we cannot take our next breath unless God wills it.

When is the kingdom of God apparent in the world? It is apparent when good things happen. When people reach out to other people in need, when people are happy and kind, when justice and peace prevail.

Every time that we go to Mass we should receive the Body and Blood of the Lord. Recently, I read that only 27 percent of Catholics believe that Jesus Christ is truly present in the Eucharist. That fact is very sad! Jesus Christ is truly present in Holy Communion and when we receive him, Jesus becomes a part of us. Rejoice and be glad. It is the most wonderful mystery of all.

Always remember that Jesus Christ truly, truly loves you and Jesus wants you to live with him in heaven. He asked us to celebrate this Mass together and to remember him and the people we love when he said "Do this in memory of me."

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