Our meditations on the Eucharist in recent weeks prepare us to
“humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls”
(James 1:21) and avoid our Lord’s warning (echoing Isaiah) in the Gospel to those who refused to believe:
“This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me”
Instruction on the Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery reminds us that
“the Eucharist is the true center of the whole Christian life both for the universal Church and for the local congregation of that Church. For ‘the other sacraments, as indeed every ministry of the Church and every work of the apostolate, are linked with the Eucharist and are directed towards it. For the Eucharist contains the entire spiritual good of the Church, namely, Christ himself… to men who are thus invited and led on to offer themselves, their labors and all created things together with him”
(6). Everything we do in our daily lives flows from and to the Eucharist.
“It is clear that the frequent or daily reception of the Blessed Eucharist increases union with Christ, nourishes the spiritual life more abundantly, strengthens the soul in virtue and gives the communicant a stronger pledge of eternal happiness”
The Eucharist touches our heart as we recognize God taking flesh in our world to journey with us and strengthen us.
“According to Scripture, it is the heart that prays. If our heart is far from God, the words of prayer are in vain”
“The heart is the dwelling-place where I am, where I live”
(#2563). In prayer from the heart the Holy Spirit works with us to remain in communion with the Lord we receive on Sunday or even every day.
“The life of prayer is the habit of being in the presence of the thrice-holy God and in communion with him”
(#2565). This communion enables us to act with God’s mind and heart to carry out the loving work to which we are called in our daily life. We cannot do it without God, but with God we can do little things with great love (as St. Therese taught us).
In Christ, Son of Mary,