On June 3, faithful from across the diocese came to St. Mary’s Church in Memphis in support of People with Disabilities and Special Needs.
The mass, celebrated by Reverend Father Gary E. Lamb (St. Mary’s pastor), has been held annually at St. Mary’s on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi for the past ten years. The parish liturgy seeks to honor those in our Catholic community who persevere in the face of overwhelming special needs. Yet, meanwhile, they never fail to offer the compassion, care and love of Jesus to all.
Each year the mass is served by faithful from the disabled and special needs community. This year’s homily was delivered by Reverend Deacon Ernest Albonetti. In his homily, Deacon Albonetti told the gathered faithful that “We ALL have disabilities and we ALL have special needs. The only difference is to what degree.”
While each of our ‘special needs’ widely vary, Deacon Albonetti reminds us that:
- We all seek the truth
- We all want to be included
- We all pursue friendship
- We all desire to be loved
If we take time to think about it, we all can meet our various needs through the word of God and the Body of Christ. Every time we “Take and Eat” the Eucharist, every time we witness the Miracle of Transubstantiation, we are preparing ourselves to become Christ here on earth, among each other.
We must turn to others, to our brothers and sisters who may be standing in the need of that Love represented in Christ’s sacrifice for us. It is then that we become Christ-like. It is then that we become living examples of our faith.