Sunday, August 19, 2012

"The greatest love story of all time is contained in a tiny white Host."

“We cannot separate our lives from the Eucharist; the moment we do, something breaks.  People ask, ‘Where do the sisters get the joy and energy to do what they are doing?’  The Eucharist involves more than just receiving; it also involves satisfying the hunger of Christ. He says, ‘ Come to Me.’ He is hungry for souls.” – Mother Teresa

(Gospel Text: Jn 6:51-58)
Jesus said to the crowds:
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world."

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
"How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
Jesus said to them,
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever."

Many people take great care with the food they eat. They go to great lengths to make sure it’s healthy, nutritious, and appetizing. And that’s the way we should all care for our physical needs. But how much more important it is when it comes to our spiritual needs!

Everything we consume—whether it’s the food we put into our mouths, the words that enter our ears, or the images that come into our eyes—has the potential to nourish us or sicken us. It can strengthen us or weaken us—body and soul!

The world is full of things that can fill you, but God doesn’t want you to settle for just quenching your thirst or satisfying your hunger. Look higher. Look to what is even better, what will give you heavenly life! Saturate your mind with the word of God. Let the Holy Spirit fill you with life-giving water during prayer. And above all, receive Jesus, the bread of life, in the Eucharist!

Bread of Life..., of what Life?

It is quite clear that it will not allow us to live down here any longer than we should; though it may indeed change the quality and depth of every instant we live here. Let us honestly ask ourselves: —What life do I want for me? And let us compare it with what our present life really is. Is this what you expected? Don't you think your horizon can widen much more? Then, look: much more than you and I together could ever imagine... much fuller... much more beautiful... much more... is the Life of Christ that throbs and pulsates in the Eucharist. And He is there, expecting us to eat Him, waiting at the door to our heart, patient, passionate, for He knows how to love. And, after that, the eternal Life: «Whoever eats of this bread will live forever» (Jn 6:58).

What else do you want?

No comments:

Post a Comment