By: Laura Catherine Worhacz
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
Happy and blessed Easter!
There is much work to be done in the way of grace. With Mary, we can and will persevere with the fortitude to overcome every obstacle and strive for the greater good. In the Eucharist, we are raised from this life now into the Kingdom of Heaven, the fullness of the mystery to be revealed. Easter is the most magnificent season. We journey to Pentecost from the rising of Easter to remember again through the Liturgical year to be filled with and to believe in the Holy Spirit.
What does this mean for us?
Perhaps to abandon ourselves and let God live in us. Our enthusiasm to receive Holy Communion will increase as we leave ourselves and long for the Lord. Jesus can do all through our lives when we are set aside for God to be at work in us.
Mary adored the hidden life. "Our Lady's mission is to form Jesus in us." (Saint Peter Julian Eymard)
To be formed in Jesus is to come to know him. Our commitment to Eucharistic adoration time is a good beginning. I remember first recognizing Jesus in the "Breaking of the Bread." In front of the Monstrance, life beyond this world was revealed to me. An eternal conversation began between me and our Lord, Jesus. This past week I celebrated my 58th birthday. It is also the day I committed to daily Mass. This desire came from knowing I was loved, God created me, and the sadness of circumstances was to be made known to me later, in the fullness of time. Faith led me to believe everything in my life had a purpose.
This past week my daughter had a two-hour consultation with a thyroid surgeon; my husband and I accompanied her. During the scope procedure, I was on my knees, holding my daughter's hand, my heart racing, praying to the angels. The male nurse was superb in his technique, and his humor brought comfort through the problematic blood draw and procedures his job called him to. I commented to the nurse about his excellent Spirit, and he responded to my extravagant way of calling to the spiritual life. We were immediately united in the quest for good.
The Holy Spirit revealed to me the prayer being offered for my daughter. It transformed what could have been anxiety into grace. We had a good time in the waiting room chatting, simply being together.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 687) tells us, "The world cannot receive [him] because it neither sees nor knows him."
Our surrender needs to be unveiled—a passage to give our Father everything, every pain and all we do not understand. The Eucharist and the Living Word of God will do the rest as the Holy Spirit will be sent to us in its fullness by our submission to the Incarnation of Christ. All will be made known to us, and then we will return what love has given. We unite in the mission of Christ's eternal ministry to bring souls to God, Our Father in Heaven. The Holy Spirit will stir in us to live to find forgiveness, the fullness of life, and the JOY of the Gospel amidst the mystery of our lives.
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