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Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J. has been a Jesuit for over 71 years and a priest for over 60 years. His seasoned spirituality is the fruit of more than 60 years of making and giving the Spiritual Exercises in all of its formats to priests, religious and laity. It is presented not in the jargon of academia but in a language that everyone can understand. He is neither “old breed” nor “new breed,” he is just “half breed.” Having studied both the old theology and the new theology he is convinced that the continuity is so great that you cannot understand the new until you have mastered the old.

This week's featured reading is Fr. Rodney's homily, Corpus Christi

Jesus is the center and the heart of the Christian religion and the Eucharist is the center and heart of Christian worship because the Eucharist IS Jesus Christ. Down through the centuries, the Eucharist, like a pure underground stream, has been nourishing both the Church and its members. It is the greatest gift the Lord has given us, the greatest treasure of the Church. It is the gift of the Giver. The Second Vatican Council calls the Eucharist the summit and the source of all holiness. And because of the different time zones in the world the Eucharist is celebrated several times every minute of every day, thus fulfilling the request of Jesus, “Do this in memory of me.”

FAITH IN THE REAL PRESENCE OF JESUS IN THE EUCHARIST IS FUNDAMENTALLY AND ULTIMATELY FAITH IN JESUS. In the First Holy Communion Class Johnny is asked, “What is the Eucharist?” He replies immediately, “The Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Jesus.” The teacher continues, “Now Johnny how do you know that the Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Jesus?” Johnny beaming with confidence says, “Jesus Christ said so and He ought to know.” We may smile at this but the most learned theologian cannot give a better or any other answer. Jesus said so and He ought to know.

But did Jesus really say so? The sixth chapter of John’s Gospel begins with the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves. The people were so awed at this miracle that they wanted to make Jesus their king. But Jesus did not come to be this kind of a king. His kingdom is not of this world. So he withdrew from them. The next day the crowd set out to look for him and found him in Capernaum. When Jesus saw them coming, he rebuked them saying, “You are looking for me not because you have seen signs, but because you have eaten of the bread and were filled. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you…I am the living bread that came down from heaven, whoever eats this bead will live forever, and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

The Jews found this hard to take and quarreled among themselves saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Jesus said, “Amen, amen I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood, you do not have life in you.” Realizing that he meant exactly what he said, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.

THE IMPORTANT POINT HERE IS THAT THE DISCIPLES UNDERSTOOD THE WORDS OF JESUS LITERALLY. And Jesus did not correct them, he let them go away. And he turned to his apostles and asked them, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter stepped forward and said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe, and are convinced, that you are the holy one from God.”

That clear unequivocal promise Jesus made that day was fulfilled on the most solemn occasion of his life as his last will and testament. The account is given in Matthew, Mark and Luke. “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat, this is my body. Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.” CLICK HERE for the entire homily.


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God's Sense of Humor and Sixty Other Homilies is a collection of homilies that have been delivered by Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J. over the years to address many of the issues faced by Christians in contemporary society. This document is available as a Kindle EBook that can be purchased at the Kindle store for $2.99.

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Fr. Rodney has spent most of his priestly life giving the Spiritual Exercises, as a preached retreat, a guided retreat, the personally directed retreat, the 19th annotation retreat and the email retreat. The Joy of the Spiritual Exercises is the fruit of these retreats condensed into a single EBook. As Fr. Rodney states, "Pope Francis exhorts us to proclaim “The Joy of the Gospel.” The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius is a proclamation of the joy of the Gospel." This document is available as a Kindle EBook that can be purchased at the Kindle store for $2.99.

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A compilation of many of his booklets in a single document named Divine Simplicity. This document is available as a Kindle EBook that can be purchased at the Kindle store for $2.99.

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