Dearest Eucharistic Family,
Heaven is revealed to us who believe; in our prayer, we begin to see all things in the light of the Eucharist. God's Providence is made known to our hearts, even through the trials of life. We require restoration. Souls in need of rehabilitation, our own first on the list.
How can we restore all things in Christ?
Building trust may be a way to begin. Imagine the moment Judas dipped his hand in the dish with Jesus.
Imagine if Judas had dipped his hand into the dish with Jesus and, at that moment, had taken an inward glance at his soul. On the paten our Lord rests; the hands of the priest, they take him to us. We partake in the Paschal mystery. If fear were cast out of Judas and replaced by trust in the mystery, perhaps as Judas dipped his hand with Jesus, He would have been restored in his humanity and raised to the divinity of Christ. Judas would have been the apostle Jesus longed for him to be.
How often do we betray with an inward thought or glance that may hurt God and another person? The Eucharist is the purification of our interior being. It is the only way to genuinely extend exterior glances, smiles, and the joy of the Gospel to others in sincerity of heart. Our purity of intention is our hope from suffering to glory, the Cross to the Resurrection. In this life, we can only find true peace in the Blessed Sacrament of God's love. For restoration to become a lasting reality, we must constantly converse with our Lord. God knows the longing of our hearts. He wants us to follow His will and to see as He sees. In this, there is healing, restoration, and peace beyond this world.
If we follow our hearts and see the miracles of life in God's Providence, we can help restore our humanity to God's merciful love.
Jesus asks us to pay attention to His words. Jesus knew He would be handed over to people who would kill Him. Are we dipping into things we should not partake in because of anxiety and fear? Perhaps it is our first impulse to take what may harm us. If we can think past vanities into the humility of Christ, we may take a moment to dip into the Chalice of Salvation. Being restored through the Eucharistic mystery invites us to be in communion with others. We do not take and eat and run. We take and eat and fly with our brethren searching for souls to heal. As children of Mary, we need to seek out our brothers and sisters to find them as they run and hide. We are to meet them where they are and console them in their suffering so they may rise to a new hope. Restoration of lives, the forgiveness of sins, and living in the grace of the present moment will make known to others the resurrection of eternal life, the firmament of Heaven.
Are we paying attention to the living Word of God?
Life comes from the Cross. May our embrace of it help us find our hearts' true desire to carry out God's Will.
What is the Eucharist? Let us never forget why our Lord is present on the altar. What did our Lord Jesus Christ say? This is my Body, take and eat; this is my Blood, take and drink. Amen
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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.