June 14, 2020

In celebrating the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ today, I think it is important to take some time to consider what a great gift God has given to us in the person of Jesus His Son and our response to this gift.  Imagine that a great dignitary was coming to your home or, better yet, your best friend or relative is coming to see you.  What care would you take in preparation for this event?  What excitement would fill you to the depths of your being.  And when this visitor arrived, you would be attentive to every need and strive to spend the most quality time so that they were welcome.

This is what happens when you receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.  Jesus your best friend comes into your heart to strengthen you and reassure you with his abiding presence.  The questions for us is, are we welcoming to Jesus’ presence?  Are our souls ready to receive him, or is serious sin getting in the way?  If this is the case, what am I doing about it?  Am I availing myself of the Sacrament of Reconciliation to “prepare the house” for Jesus’ arrival?  When I receive the Eucharist, do I spend time with Jesus or am I in a hurry to “get on with life”?  Today as we celebrate this greatest gift, let us make the resolution to be a better friend of Jesus.  What a shame it is that sometimes we take the most valuable gifts in our lives for granted.  Let’s not fall into this trap.  If we have, let’s snap out of it with Jesus’ help.  The Eucharist strengthens our bonds of relationship with Jesus and each other as Church.  Let’s allow this great gift to accomplish its work in us.