Skip to comments.Mystery of Hope - A Meditation
Posted on 06/16/2020 7:29:03 PM PDT by MurphsLaw
Jesus said: I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever, and the bread that I will give is My Flesh, for the life of the world. The Jews disliked this speech; they began to question and dispute the Masters words. But Jesus answeredthem still more forcefully:
Amen, amen, I say unto you, except you eat the Flesh of the Son of man and drink His Blood, you shall not have life in you (John 6:51-54). These are definitive words which leave no room for doubt; if we wish to live, we must eat the Bread of Life. Jesus came to bring to the world the supernatural life of grace; and this life was given to our souls in Baptism, the Sacrament which grafted us into Christ. Thus it is a gift of His plenitude, but we must nourish it by a deeper penetration into Christ. To enable us to do so, He Himself willed to give us His complete substance as the God-Man, making Himself the Bread of our supernatural life, the Bread of our union with Him. St. John Chrysostom says, Many mothers entrust the children they have borne to others to nurse them, but Jesus does not do that. He feeds us with His own Blood and incorporates us into Himself completely.
Baptism is the Sacrament which engrafts us into Christ; the Eucharist is the Sacrament which nourishes Christs life in us and makes our union with Him always more intimate, or rather, it transforms us into Him. If into melted wax other wax is poured, it naturally follows that they will be completely mixed with each other; similarly, he who receives the Lords Flesh and Blood is so united with Him that Christ dwells in him and he in Christ (St. Cyril of Jerusalem).
O heavenly Father, You gave us Your Son and sent Him into the world by an act of Your own will. And You, O my Jesus, did not want to leave the world by Your own will but wanted to remain with us for the greater joy of Your friends. This is why, O heavenly Father, You gave us this most divine Bread, the manna of the sacred humanity of Jesus, to be our perpetual food. Now we can have it whenever we wish so that if we die of hunger, it will be our own fault.
O my soul, you will always find in the Blessed Sacrament, under whatever aspect you consider it, great consolation and delight, and once you have begun to relish it, there will be no trials, persecutions, and difficulties which you cannot easily endure.
Let him who wills ask for ordinary bread. For my part, O eternal Father, I ask to be permitted to receive the heavenly Bread with such dispositions that, if I have not the happiness of contemplating Jesus with the eyes of my body, I may at least contemplate Him with the eyes of my soul. This is Bread which contains all sweetness and delight and sustains our life (Teresa of Jesus [Teresa of Avila], Way of Perfection, 34).
All graces are contained in You, O Jesus in the Eucharist, our celestial Food! What more can a soul wish when it has within itself the One who contains everything? If I wish for charity, then I have within me Him who is perfect charity, I possess the perfection of charity. The same is true of faith, hope, purity, patience, humility, and meekness, for You form all virtues in our soul, O Christ, when You give us the grace of this Food. What more can I want or desire, if all the virtues, graces, and gifts for which I long, are found in You, O Lord, who are as truly present under the sacramental species as You are in heaven, at the right hand of the Father? Because I have and possess this great wonder, I do not long for, want, or desire, any other! (St. Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi).
Does an online recorded mass instill some or all of this grace? Or do you have to go to communion in reality?
If we are deprived of Sacramental Communion, let us replace it, as far as we can, by spiritual communion, which we can make every moment; for we ought to have always a burning desire to receive the good God, said St. Jean-Marie Vianney.
Communion is to the soul like blowing a fire that is beginning to go out, but that has still plenty of hot embers; we blow, and the fire burns again, he continued. After the reception of the Sacraments, when we feel ourselves slacken in the love of God, let us have recourse at once to spiritual communion. When we cannot go to the church, let us turn towards the tabernacle; no wall cannot separate us from the good God.
St. Thomas Aquinas described Spiritual Communion as an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Holy Sacrament and a loving embrace as though we had already received Him.
What a source of grace there is in spiritual Communion! declared St. Josemaría Escrivá. Practise it frequently and you’ll have more presence of God and closer union with him in your life.
When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice, wrote St. Teresa of Jesus, by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you.
Prayer composed by St. Alphonsus Liguori.
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
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