By: Laura Worhacz
“He comes to Mary! What! So much ceremony for this unknown maiden! Yes-worldly prestige does not amount to so much, after all, does it? This rather sets at defiance our human standards! We only see things that dazzle; we only put a value on such things as gold and diamonds. But what do things amount to? In the Eternal values they are only fit to trample underfoot like worthless pebbles- hell is paved for such things.” - Saint Peter Julian Eymard (Eymard Library Vol. 7, page 39)
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
In a conversation about spiritual things, someone I love very much said to me this week, “that is not the real world”. This statement came with me in prayer, where I heard God’s voice cry out, “I am with you”, “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Mt 28:20). The promise of Our Father in Heaven to send us the Holy Spirit through the life-giving love of Jesus Christ is with us. Our spiritual reality is eternal, this life temporal.
This Pentecost the gifts of the Holy Spirit seem more profound to me than ever. The real world is our union with Heaven now; it lives in the Eucharist. Saint Paul clearly reminds us that our faith is in vain if it does not live in the resurrection (1 Cor 15:2-4). We are invited to a banquet of love that is fashioned in trust. There is a place in the deep recesses of our being that is affixed to God Our Father by our consent. We hand over all we have to receive God’s compassion and mercy.
We sing daily, “Our foes press on from every side…” Evil is cast upon the earth, principalities and powers wage war; however, Jesus has won for us eternal life. We are baptized into Christ’s love; this is our spiritual and earthly reality. Living in this world, with the privilege of knowing Heaven now, invites us to peace beyond our human capacities. Just as the blood of the lamb was set over the homes of the Israelites to protect, the place we will live permanently as a member of the household of God is covered now by the Blood of the Lamb of God. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has been cast over our existence. We are loved. Although we cannot control the evil of our world, we can live in the choice of our free will to correspond to the spiritual realities among us. Close your eyes and imagine the angels; picture Jesus and Our Lady preparing your room in the Halls of Heaven. Think of the Holy Spirit flashing flames of fire within your soul and the blood poured out. The winds of Heaven help the spirit fly as the blood of the lamb is continuing to come down.
We truly receive by our belief. The life of the world to come is with us now. During this most turbulent time, more than we could ever have imagined living through, let us cling to the spiritual reality that God is with us. Let us offer our sufferings to the mystery of God’s love, a mystery that is beyond our understanding. Let us docilly fall into the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to go forth and be a living witness to all. Jesus blessed us with in His Passion, Death and Rising. Compliant to the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, let us live in the spiritual reality on earth as in Heaven, the real world. Through the heart of Mary, we remember to believe in all the Lord asked of her and in her likeness do this in Memory of Jesus.
We are Ivonne Hernandez, Rick Hernandez and Laura Worhacz, Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, and brothers and sisters in Christ.