“. . . the bread that I will give is my Flesh for the life of the world.” John 6:51
Most of us have been Eucharistic Ministers, serving the Body of Christ at the celebration of Eucharist. Many times, as I have offered Jesus’ body to someone, I have wanted to say, “STOP! Look again! This is not just some little white wafer! This is the body of Christ!” He is here, right now for you because God the Father became man, and that man became our food, bread for eternal life. Many faces often have no expression at all, and there is no visible reaction to what they are doing. Are they thinking about what they’re going to do this afternoon, watch a game on TV, go fishing, read a book? Is this you? Are you truly aware of what’s happening when you receive Holy Communion?
Personally, I am in awe of God’s gracious, wonderful gift of his only son who gave up his life that I might live forever. Awe is the perfect word to describe the joy in my soul at the moment I hold Jesus in my hand. Jesus lived such a few years in comparison to today’s life expectancy and yet think about what he did. He taught us how to live, how to love, and yes, how to die. To die to ourselves in order to be worthy to receive him at Eucharist. Are you worthy; am I worthy enough? Receiving this precious gift is the way God revitalizes us, makes us feel renewed, invigorated spiritually. The next time you walk toward the Eucharistic Minister, I encourage you to consider what’s about to happen. The real presence is going to be offered to you, and you will be nourished for your daily journey. So, slow down, be ready. Open your hands, open your heart to a renewed relationship with Jesus. He who gave his life for you is there, waiting just for you. Our God is an awesome God!
Have you ever felt the awesomeness of God? Come hungry, be fed.
Let Us Pray
Lord, you have opened to me what Eucharist can do in my life. Your pledge of eternal life and nourishment for my journey strengthens me with each encounter with Jesus. Amen.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)
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