Roman Catholics across the country did communion in observance of the Feast of Corpus Christi at their homes yesterday.
Due to the 10 am to 5 am curfew yesterday, worshippers were not present as was done last year, to go to churches to receive communion.
This was the second consecutive year that there were no Corpus Christi street processions.
During his virtual homily from the Port-of-Spain Cathedral, Archbishop Jason Gordon said, “I know some people thought that you were going to hold up your bread and I going to bless it for the Eucharist. No, we can’t do that. You can’t consecrate over television.”
However, he asked them to hold it up, say a Jewish prayer, break the bread, share it with each other and eat it.
As he delivered more of his homily, he also lamented that people have become ungrateful and called for a better understanding of the sacrifices we are called to make.
“Brothers and sisters we live in a strange time. Have you ever thought about these sacrifices that you do for each other…sacrifices that you make for each other? The sacrifice God made for us in sending his son and his son giving his body, his blood, that is the sacrifice that God has made for us…it is a ritual sacrifice. It is done on a alter.”
He pointed to the everyday sacrifices made in homes among family members.
“Do you ever consider the sacrifice that is made when mom or dad prepares a meal for you? Do you ever consider that? Do you ever thank God and thank parents and thank each other for the sacrifices that are being made every single day for you?”
He encouraged family members to thank each other for their sacrifices.
“Old people use to say ingratitude is worst than necromancy, worst than obeah, worst than conjuring the dead and we have become a people of ingratitude today. In this celebration of the sacrifice of meal of offering and of love, let’s become a people of gratitude. Let us recognise all the rich and many things we have done for each other. Let us thank each other.” However, he said all the sacrifices made in homes were nothing in comparison to God’s sacrifice. He implored them to meditate on the mystery of God’s love.