When I break the host at “Lamb of God,” I break off a small piece and put it into the chalice. This ritual reminds us of our unity with the Archbishop. At the bishop’s mass in the early church, pieces of the host when out and were put into the chalices at all the masses said by his priests. Every priest remembers to say the bishop’s name before that in the consecration prayer. What this tells us is that our Archbishop is important to us. We need to respect and obey him.
This weekend is the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal (ACA) Commitment weekend. The temptations of our modern world beg us to question authority. Power and money go hand in hand with personal independence and control. We don’t like it when people tell us what to do. When it comes to our money; forget about it. So says our world. But back in our minds our conscience gets the best of us. We know the bishop has “moral authority” and his advice is paramount. Please respect and obey Archbishop Aquila and do our best to be generous to the ACA. After all, we are united with the Archbishop at every mass.
Sincerely in Christ,
Very Reverend Andrew Kemberling, V.F.