Sunday, June 6, 2010
Today, in many churches, The Body of Christ is honored and adored in a particular way that speaks to the world of the faith we as Catholics have in the Real Presence under the guise of bread and wine. I sometimes ponder what nonbelievers must think when they see a Eucharistic procession pass through the city streets. I can only hope they stop to consider why such care and reverence is paid to the Host being lovingly carried in the Monstrance by the priest. Our Eucharistic King waits for us in the tabernacle and He is too often neglected and ignored. If He sat waiting in all His might and glory, who could approach Him? Just as He was born into abject poverty and came among us a baby, Jesus remains with us in the simplicity of the consecrated bread.
Many times when I am sitting in Adoration, I will observe someone come in to the particular chapel where I happen to be who will walk right up to the altar and pause as if they have something they are burning to say. How many friends do you have who are simply there waiting for you anytime you need to share your day with them or seek them out for consolation when things aren't going your way? How many friends sit and wait for you day and night, as St. Therese said, "a prisoner of love" in the tabernacle? How many so-called great and mighty figures would allow you to come within feet of them and complain to them when things aren't going your way and beg for their help?
In the humility of our God lies His unsurpassed power. And when we imitate this humility, we achieve union with Him. Nonetheless, despite His overwhelming humility and generosity in remaining with us in the Eucharist, He is deserving of all our love and attention, at every moment. Maybe you can't get to Mass every day. That's understandable when so many of us have to work and have other obligations. Maybe what you can do is stop and pause once a day and consider that somewhere in the world, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is being offered. Consider the words of St. Therese on the Eucharist. "Every day, Jesus transforms a white particle into Himself. With a love that's greater still, He wants to transform you." Let's do our part to help the less enlightened realize the precious gift we have in the Eucharist.
Posted by TLW at 1:47 PM