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  • 10 June 2019
  • Author: Benedict
  • Number of views: 35501

This seems to be a season for banquets.  There are graduation banquets, awards banquets, wedding banquets, sports wrap up banquets and fund raising banquets.  One thing that banquets have in common is food.  Many of us hope that there will be plenty of food.  If you are like me, we hope the food will be different from the everyday food at home. 

Most of the time we do not eat before we go to a banquet.  We want to make sure that we have room for the meal.  In other words, we fast so we can savour every bit of the special food and drink placed before us.

There is another banquet go to each week.  This banquet, known as the Mass, takes place on Sunday and sometimes on other days.  Special food is distributed.  While the food appears to be ordinary bread and wine, it is not.  The special food at the Mass is the Body and Blood of Christ under the appearance of bread and wine.  Another name for this special food and drink is Communion.

Just as we do not eat before we go to other banquets, we do not eat before receiving Communion.  In other words, we fast from food and beverages for one hour before receiving the Body and Blood of Christ.  Medicine and water do not break the fast.

The fast from food and beverages happens under normal circumstances.  Exceptions may be made for a good reason.  Communion for the dying and for the sick do not require a fast.   Come to the Banquet! 

Fr. Leo

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