Dearest Eucharistic Family,
Saint Peter Julian shares his life’s passion in the above excerpt, “It is a great grace to work for God.” I love this statement and believe that each of us reading it can identify with the privilege of living our baptism, our mission in Christ’s Church; “to work for God.”
In today’s Gospel (Matthew 9:14-17), the disciples of John ask Jesus about fasting. Jesus responds by telling them the bridegroom will be taken away and “Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.” This passage finds the transformation of the old self into a newness of life.
The old self is self-seeking, seeing life through one’s own eyes. The Eucharist holds a new lens for us, one that sees through the eyes of Heaven with wisdom and forgiveness.
Fasting becomes a natural way to return the love we have received from Jesus. And when given out of love, it is no longer a hardship to fast but a genuine sacrifice for someone we love, new wine, and a gift of self. Fasting goes beyond food; it is a continual gift of self out of love for Jesus and for one another.
In finding Christ’s love, there is a movement in our hearts. A fire is set to be spread abroad. Knowing God died for each of us so personally makes us want to return our love.
Working for God begins with prayer.
It begins by receiving Jesus Incarnate, our most extraordinary grace this side of Heaven, and our highest form of prayer. The reality of this brought me to daily Communion 23 years ago. The spiritual battle is real; we are blessed to be on the frontline of interceding to bring the Kingdom to the earth. Praying, specifically, fasting with petitions of love. Is it still fasting or simply sacrificing for the love poured out, new wine!
Working for God proceeds in action.
It begins in our homes; everywhere we turn, we will find someone in need. Peter Julian said he had no time to breathe, and this was his marvelous grace.
God finds us, chooses us, and longs to be in us, to live through us.
May God find our commitment to dedicate ourselves to his service. To look at others through the sacred place of their souls. We can evaluate our brothers and sisters by their sacramental grace. Have they been to reconciliation, Holy Communion, or have they received Confirmation? St. Peter Julian speaks of saving good souls. May we join him in this endeavor.
How can we guide them?
We can begin by seeing where they are in the old wine. We are all in need of newness of life. In the Eucharist, the blessings abound, and God guides us to His Holy Will.
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament was the first to see the new wine, the miracle of God Our Father in her Son, at the wedding feast of Cana. Let us follow her footsteps in loving and serving. Let us guide others in their wedding feast to the Lamb. Let us bring others to find the saving power of God and the love of God found in the Eucharist.
July is dedicated to the Precious Blood of Christ. Let us have a passionate remembrance of Jesus’ love for us and live in a perpetual fast with joy until He comes again.
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We are Ivonne J. Hernandez, Rick Hernandez and Laura Worhacz, Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, and brothers and sisters in Christ.