Daily Mass Reflections - 12/5
“If I believed what Catholics believe about the Holy Eucharist, I would crawl on my hands and knees to receive it.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi
In today’s Gospel (Matthew 15:29-37) we re-visit the Fish & Loaves discourse, a story that foreshadows Jesus giving of his very self in the form of the Holy Eucharist.
it was the great Saint Thomas Aquinas who introduced us to the metaphor of the Eucharist as sustenance, food for the journey if you will. The Eucharist is truly our daily bread, nourishment to get us through the trials and tribulations of a secular world in which hope, joy, compassion, honesty and humility among other things are in short supply. It is through the Eucharist that we are transformed, heart, mind, body and soul, until, as Saint Paul once proclaimed, we grow to “live now not I, but Christ lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20).
As we prepare to receive the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus in the sacred and blessed sacrament of Holy Communion, it is important that we pray for and ardently seek all the divine graces associated with this the greatest of Sacramental gifts. Upon receipt of these graces, we are then called to give them away, as Jesus would, through our choices, our words, our thoughts and perhaps most importantly, through our actions towards others. A life rooted in Eucharistic Love is a life rooted in charity, mercy, hope and truth.
“Dear Lord, may I encounter and receive you in the gift of the Eucharist with open arms and a loving, contrite heart, so that I may be filled with Your grace” ~ Amen