By Ivonne Hernandez
St Peter Julian Eymard's Words:
"All graces come from the Host. From His Eucharist Jesus sanctifies the world, but in an invisible and spiritual manner. He rules the world and the Church without either moving or speaking. Such must the kingdom of Jesus be in me, all interior. I must gather myself up around Jesus: my faculties, my understanding, and my will; and my senses, as far as possible. I must live of Jesus and not of myself, in Jesus and not in myself. I must pray with Him, immolate myself with Him, and be consumed in the same love with Him. I must become in Him one flame, one heart, one life with Him. …This life in Jesus is nothing other than the love of predilection, the gift of self, the intensifying of union with Him; through it we take root, as it were, and prepare the nourishment, the sap of the tree. "The kingdom of God is within you." 
The mystery of the proclamation of the Kingdom speaks to us of our center, our hearts. The Catechism tells us that “the desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself.” This same Word Who was written in our hearts before the foundation of the world, was made flesh, dwelt among us, and continues to dwell among us in the Eucharistic Kingdom of our hearts.
Before the foundation of the world, God held each of our hearts in His hand and wrote in them the name of His beloved Son, marking us as His chosen people. This Word was etched in our hearts with the indelible ink of the Blood of the Lamb and sealed with the fire of the Holy Spirit. It is our center, our true identity. The Catechism tells us that “the heart is our hidden center, beyond the grasp of our reason and of others; only the Spirit of God can fathom the human heart and know it fully.” We all have a desire, a need to be known. Our hearts are restless, searching to be fulfilled.
Who am I? I am a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend. We define our identity in relation to others. It is through the mirror of a loving parent’s eyes that an infant knows she is loved and cherished. Since we are each made in the image of God, we should be able to reflect God to each other, but our mirrors have become distorted through sin. We walk through life as if through a house of mirrors, where we seem too tall, too short, too fat or too skinny. We look at our neighbor through the same mirrors and their reflection is distorted too.
It is only in the mirror of the Eucharist that we will find our true identity. It is here where we will hear the Truth spoken to our hearts. “You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139) It is in that truth we will find rest and in union with Him that the Kingdom of God will take root in our hearts. “I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.” (John 17:26)
When you meditate on the proclamation of the Kingdom, examine your heart in the light of the Eucharist? Is Jesus the Lord of the Kingdom of your heart? What areas are being ruled by a distorted image of yourself?
 Emard, The Real Presence, p. 142
 CCC, 2563
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