11 April 2018
We celebrate the Eucharist in order to give thanks to God. We thank him because, as we hear in the Gospel, “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son so that everyone…might have eternal life.” We thank God for his love for us.
We also thank God for those who went through great danger to bring us the good news of God’s love. There are the Apostles, in our first reading, who were put in prison and then set free by an angel. But instead of using the opportunity to run away and be safe, they went right back into the lion’s den and kept preaching.
Then there is Saint Stanislaus, whose memorial we celebrate today. He had wealth and security, but gave it all to the poor and became a parish priest. He was known for his skills in spiritual direction and became a reluctant bishop. And he preached against sinful living, which the king at the time didn’t like. So Stanislaus was murdered while celebrating the Mass, in 1079.
We give thanks to God for his love. And we give thanks for those in our past and in our present who reassure of God’s love for us, who bring us the good news of God’s very great love.